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Two previously overlooked archaeal strains fill an evolutionary gap for microbes.

A fish created by spontaneous androgenesis is the first known vertebrate to arise naturally by this asexual reproductive phenomenon. 

A US government website for collecting reports of side effects associated with vaccines is broken. Why has no one noticed?

Congress is not expected to fully enact the proposed cuts to research and public health programs.

The Nutshell

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Inducing activity in the zona incerta region of the brain prompts mice to gorge themselves.

Around 40 percent of children with an uncommon disorder had 50 percent fewer seizures while taking the marijuana derivative.

DNA sequencing reveals that the virus responsible for the recent outbreak in the Americas originated in Brazil in 2014 and circulated undetected for months before the first cases were reported.

Just by perturbing the animals’ neural connections, scientists changed their regenerated forms—causing some to grow an extra head. 

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May 2017

Issue Cover: Rapid Evolution

The proteasome’s ability to target and degrade specific proteins is proving useful to researchers studying protein function or developing treatments for diseases.

Understanding how people recognize and control their own bodies could help researchers develop therapies for those who’ve lost their sense of self.

From fish harvests to cottonwood forests, organisms display evidence that species change can occur on timescales that can influence ecological processes.

The scientific community struggles to define the duties of collaborators in assuring the integrity of published research.

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Watch Komodo dragons bring down a buffalo.

May Profilee Ben Barres of Stanford University discusses how understanding the basic biology of myelination could help patients with multiple sclerosis and other diseases.

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New Stem Cell Collection Center to meet the growing demand of its products.

VIAFLO 96 multichannel electronic pipette has been adopted by Neoteryx LLC

Download this eBook from The Scientist and GE Healthcare to learn about the basics of PCR for DNA amplification, picking the right polymerase for your application, and more.

Today announced it has launched a new version of its Gyrolab™ Protein A Kit.

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