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Lipids in the Limelight

The term lipid can bring to mind many associations. Unfortunately, these are often negative, such as the contribution that excessive dietary fat makes to heart disease. But lipids are also essential components of cell membranes, and during the past several years, cell biologists have found that lipid molecules play many more dynamic roles as well, helping to control a majority of cellular activities. Consequently, lipids are major determinants of many pathologies in addition to heart disease. This article introduces a special issue of Science highlighting a few of the recent emerging themes in lipid biology.

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Resource Type: Journal article/Issue
Audience Level: High school upper division 11-12, Undergraduate lower division 13-14, Undergraduate upper division 15-16, Graduate, Professional (degree program), Continuing education

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Authors and Editors: Lisa Chong of AAAS, Jean Marx of AAAS
Publisher: AAA
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