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    Zooming in on small protein research

    Kumaran Ramamurthi, Gisela Storz

    Small proteins of fewer than 100 residues are for the most part ignored as artefacts, degradation products or noise in the data. But are we overlooking a rich set of functional molecules?

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    Emerging viruses and avoiding disaster

    Rino Rappuoli

    Rino Rappuoli, who has a long and distinguished career in vaccine development, explains in a short interview what we should expect of emerging viruses and what we should do about it.

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    Pushing tumor cells into proteostatic crisis

    Raymond Deshaies

    Most, if not all, tumors are at risk of getting fatally gummed up with mutant proteins that don’t fold properly, but very few succumb to proteasome inhibitors which should exploit this vulnerability. Raymond Deshaies asks why, and what might be done to broaden their lethality.

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    Four requirements for metformin to arrest tumors

    Navdeep Chandel

    Navdeep Chandel explains in an interview why it has been difficult to establish whether the anti-diabetic drug metformin affects tumor growth, and how the properties of individual tumors may be crucial.


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