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2018 Young Investigators Day: Call for Abstracts
This year, the abstracts will be accepted between now and January 24, 2018.  Each submission should include: a Call for Abstract Cover Sheet, applicant’s CV, abstract, essay of not more than 1200 words, and a letter of recommendation. Submissions must be emailed to


What’s in Your Wheat? Scientists Piece Together Genome of Most Common Bread Wheat
Scientists have assemble the most complete genome sequence of Triticum aestivum, the most common cultivated species of wheat used to make bread. This accomplishment may help biologists not only better understand the evolutionary history of wheat, but also advance the quest for hardier, more pest- and drought-resistant wheat types to help feed the world’s growing population.


Researchers Report First-Ever Protein Hydrogels Made in Living Cells
Scientists report what they believe is the first-ever creation of tiny protein-based gelatin-like clumps called hydrogels inside living cells. The ability to create hydrogels on demand, they say, should advance the long scientific struggle to study the elusive structures and to uncover their suspected contributions to human diseases.

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Love Your Beauty Rest? You Can Thank These Brain Cells
Researchers report the unexpected presence of a type of neuron in the brains of mice that appears to play a central role in promoting sleep by turning ‘off’ wake-promoting neurons. The newly identified brain cells could offer novel drug targets to treat sleep disorders, such as insomnia and narcolepsy, caused by the dysfunction of sleep-regulating neurons.


Low Levels Of “Memory Protein” Linked to Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer’s Disease
Working with human brain tissue samples and genetically engineered mice, researchers say that consequences of low levels of the protein NPTX2 in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) may change the pattern of neural activity in ways that lead to the learning and memory loss that are hallmarks of the disease.


Scientists Manipulate 'Signaling' Molecules to Control Cell Migration
Researchers have uncovered a mechanism in amoebae that rapidly changes the way cells migrate by resetting their sensitivity to the naturally occurring internal signaling events that drive such movement. This finding sheds light on the migratory behavior of cells and advances the future possibility of finding ways to manipulate and control some deadly forms of cell migration, including cancer metastasis.

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