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The 49-year-old epidemiologist immigrated to the U.S. in 2000 for a postdoc position. He’s now a professor of family medicine and public health.

A new algorithm reveals hoards of preparation-induced DNA mutations in publicly available human sequences.

While the University Grants Commission’s system prioritizes peer-reviewed papers, experts not involved in the initiative express concern that it could incentivize cheating.

The USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board has ruled in favor of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard retaining intellectual property rights covered by its patents for CRISPR gene-editing technology.

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CRISPR patent decision; DNA database errors; science marches around the globe; more

A computer algorithm can identify the brains of autism patients with moderate accuracy based on scans taken at six months and one year of age.

An analysis of 130 studies reveals that the threat of global warming to wildlife has been underreported. 

Family members of Lacks, the donor behind the widely used HeLa cell line, are planning to sue Johns Hopkins University.

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February 2017

Issue Cover: From the Beautiful to the Bizarre

Unlike animals, plants stably pass on their DNA methylomes from one generation to the next. The resulting gene silencing likely hides an abundance of phenotypic variation.

Plants and fungi can use conserved RNA interference machinery to regulate each other’s gene expression—and scientists think they can make use of this phenomenon to create a new generation of pesticides.

The dissection of how cells sense and propagate physical forces is leading to exciting new tools and discoveries in mechanobiology and mechanomedicine.

The challenges of adapting drug development to the age of personalized therapies encourage collaboration among industry players.

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Hundreds of people gathered in Boston’s Copley Square today to show support for science.

A conversation with plant biologists on the age-old dispute over the similarities and differences between plants and animals.

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    Scientists do not yet completely understand (let alone fully explain) the complexity of life. They may, in the future. THAT is the curriculum for science classes.

- mark from denver, Science Teaching Standards up for Revision in Texas
 
 
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