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Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.

  1. Plants

    Electric shocks act like vaccines to protect plants from viruses

    To protect crops against viruses in their home country of Taiwan, two teens invented a novel approach to fight blights.

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  2. Health & Medicine

    Sickle-cell gene therapies offer hope — and challenges

    Doctor Erica Esrick discusses existing treatments and an ongoing clinical trial for a gene therapy to treat sickle cell disease.

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  3. Health & Medicine

    Explainer: What is sickle cell disease?

    Gene mutations can alter an individual’s hemoglobin in ways that curl their blood cells. This can cause painful sickle cell disease.

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  4. Health & Medicine

    Explainer: The body’s immune system

    An army of cells — and their protein arsenal — work to keep us safe. Several squads of special forces possess unique superpowers to disable or kill intruders.

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  5. Life

    Scientists Say: Cellulose

    Cellulose is an abundant natural polymer found in plants and algae. It’s used to make everything from paper to clothing.

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  6. Animals

    La nutria soporta el frío, sin un cuerpo grande ni capa de grasa

    Al mamífero más pequeño del mar no le es fácil mantenerse caliente. Ahora, los científicos han descubierto cómo sus células responden al desafío.

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  7. Fossils

    Dinos may have had the sniffles 150 million years ago

    A respiratory infection that spread to air sacs in the vertebrae of a sauropod dinosaur likely led to the dino's now-fossilized bone lesions.

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  8. Animals

    A new drug mix helps frogs regrow amputated legs

    The treatment helped frogs grow working limbs useful for swimming, standing and kicking. It’ll be a while before people can do that.

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  9. Life

    Scientists Say: Eukaryote

    Eukaryotes are living things whose cells package their genetic material inside a pouch called a nucleus.

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  10. Animals

    See the world through a jumping spider’s eyes — and other senses

    Scientists are teasing out the many ways the spiders’ vision, listening and taste senses differ from ours

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  11. Life

    Living mysteries: Why teeny-weeny tardigrades are tough as nails

    Tardigrades often live in cool, damp moss. Their cushy life has somehow prepared them to survive the lethal radiation of outer space.

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  12. Life

    In blazing heat, some plants open leaf pores — and risk death

    When heat waves and droughts collide, water is precious. Some thirsty plants try to cool off by opening tiny pores — only to lose water even faster.

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