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Chemistry has always had a central role in the provision of food and energy, materials and medicines. Recent years have increasingly seen chemistry research move towards environmentally friendly, sustainable products and processes.
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Selected, recent articles from across the Nature Portfolio that document the recent progress in understanding the biology of EV-mediated cell–cell communication and advances in clinical translation of EVs.
Recent technological progress has facilitated the study of how embryos develop, how embryonic cells transition between different states, how adult stem cells are maintained and differentiate, at unprecedented resolution.
Four years ago, the NIH’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative Cell Census Network (BICCN) was launched, aiming to identify and catalog the diverse cells types in human, monkey and mouse brain.
This collection of primary research articles, reviews and protocols focuses on an emerging topic of mechanobiology, highlighting the broad involvement of mechanical forces in different biological contexts, their roles in development, physiology and disease, and how these forces are sensed and transduced to produce biologically-relevant responses. The collection also showcases new technical approaches to modulate mechanobiology, which in the future could be used to control cell fate and behaviour for therapeutic benefits.
This collection of research, review and comment from Nature Research celebrates the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice "for the discovery of hepatitis C virus".
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