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Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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Photo of a cicada feeding on a plant in Tucson, Ariz. Tiny Bacteria Are Secret to Cicada's Success
Some common life forms, like cicadas, depend on complex symbiotic relationships with specialized microbes to produce essential nutrients
Released  August 14, 2009
Diatoms through the microscope. Journal Spotlights Research on Marine Microbes Funded by National Science Foundation
The authors of all five articles included in Nature's recent special section on microbial oceanography have received NSF funding
Released  May 29, 2009
Photo of Katrina Edwards sub-sampling volcanic basalt for microbiology as Brian Midson looks on. Hunting for Life in Rocks Beneath the Seas
University of Southern California geobiologist Katrina Edwards describes research to find and characterize microbes in the crust beneath the deep sea
Released  May 8, 2009
Eight thumbnail images and 2008 in Review 2008: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities that made news last year
Released  March 13, 2009
AFM images showing two yellow molecules on a blue mica surface. Researcher Says Life Evolved Between the Mica Sheets
Biophysicist Helen Greenwood Hansma of the University of California, Santa Barbara, on the origin of her new hypothesis for the origins of life
Released  July 14, 2008
Photo of a  researcher collecting a sample at a mine for microbial analysis. Microbes to People: Without Us, You're Nothing!
How tiny microbes run the world
Released  April 21, 2008
Photo of a microbial community known as a thrombolite. The World's Smallest Whistle-Blowers: Microbes
Microbes warn of ecological damage
Released  April 21, 2008
2007 In Review 2007: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities reported last year
Released  January 30, 2008
Photo of Shirley Ann Jackson and William Bialek Top Scientists Promote Innovative, Multidisciplinary Global Problem-Solving Strategies
Released  December 11, 2007
Image shows two molecules binding to a larger molecule. Molecules in Motion: Computer Simulations Lead to a Better Understanding of Protein Structures
A California researcher is using the world's most powerful supercomputers to simulate the behavior of molecules. The work could have significant health benefits.
Released  July 29, 2005
Vault cross section Vaults: From Biological Mystery to Nanotech Workhorse?
Natural nano-capsules show promise for drug delivery, electrical switches and circuits
Released  May 11, 2005
A piece of the RNA domain in human telomerase The First Key Piece of Telomerase
UCLA biochemists map a knot of RNA that's critical to the enzyme's functioning
Released  March 14, 2005
Gene networks cartoon New Method Will Aid Genome Researchers
Computer program helps scientists perform genome-wide analyses systematically and fast
Released  February 10, 2005
graphic of a virus infecting a cell RNA Lariat May Tie Up Loose Ends to Decades-Old Mystery of Retrovirus Life Cycle
Studies on common baker's yeast have led to the discovery of what may be a long-sought mechanism in the life cycle of retroviruses, a finding that could help pinpoint targets for new classes of drugs to fight HIV.
Released  July 30, 2004
Blue Mountains funnel-web spider Spider Venom Could Yield Eco-Friendly Insecticides
You could call Glenn King "The Spider Man." The University of Connecticut research scientist is mapping spider toxins at the molecular level. His work may result in an insecticide that takes out agricultural pests without harming other insects.
Released  May 3, 2004

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