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December 18, 2017

Artificial ovary uses cells to deliver hormone replacement therapy

Health benefits are achieved in rats with lower hormone doses than current estrogen-based drug treatment

December 18, 2017

Electric eel inspires soft power source

Stacked miniature hydrogel compartments generate electricity via ion gradient

November 30, 2017

Chemists engineer bacteria to use unnatural DNA bases to make unnatural proteins

Living microorganisms transcribe and translate DNA with six bases instead of the usual four

November 27, 2017

Amino acid structures inspire inhibitors of tau aggregation

Peptide inhibitors stop tau aggregation by capping fibril ends

November 27, 2017

Beetles get by with a little help from their friends

Symbiotic bacteria with stripped-down genomes break up plant cell walls for their hosts

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