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In an agency first, the National Institutes of Health provides guidance on citing certain non-peer-reviewed publications in agency proposals and reports.

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The results of a CRISPR-Cas9 study suggest that MELK—a protein thought to play a critical role in cancer—is not necessary for cancer cell survival.

The European Patent Office will grant patent rights over the use of CRISPR in all cell types to a University of California team, contrasting with a recent decision in the U.S.

With its announced launch of a whole-exome sequencing service for apparently healthy individuals, Ambry Genetics is the latest company to enter this growing market. But whether these services are useful for most people remains up for debate.  

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In an effort to prevent the spread of Zika virus, Harris County officials are in discussions with Oxitec to release insects engineered to produce short-lived offspring.

In an effort to prevent the spread of Zika virus, Harris County officials are in discussions with Oxitec to release insects engineered to produce short-lived offspring.

The pathogenic fungus that has decimated populations of bats throughout the eastern United States has surfaced in the state for the first time, although none of the bats appear diseased.

Scientists use a new technique to piece together the mosquito’s full genome.

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March 2017

Issue Cover: Music

Researchers are using multiple methods to study the origins of humans’ capacity to process and produce music, and there’s no shortage of debate about the results.

Diverse species are said to sing, but music is in the ear of the beholder.

Birdsong bears a striking resemblance to human music, but it’s not yet clear that birds interpret it that way.

The principles of neuroplasticity may underlie the positive effects of music therapy in treating a diversity of diseases.

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Ben Henry delves into the still-unanswered questions of where our musical preferences come from and what makes synesthetes tick.

Author Tim Falconer didn't take his congenital amusia lying down. With the help of neuroscientists and vocal coaches, he tried to teach himself to sing against all odds.

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AMSBIO has introduced a new range of cancer cell line models and culture media

New catalogue detailing its comprehensive range of high purity reagents

Greiner Bio-One Inc. and Nano3D Biosciences, Inc. Innovate 3D cell culture applications in a microgravity environment.

AMSBIO announce a new range of ready-to-use adeno-associated virus (AAV) biosensor products. 

AMSBIO offers an extensive range of proteins, antibodies, assays and kits

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