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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.  

The University of Rhode Island neurotoxicologist and dean came to the U.S. for college in the 1980s. 

If we are to defend science, we must stand together with the other truth-tellers, including our non-scientist colleagues.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

An analysis of 74 dinosaur species leads a group of researchers to reorganize the extinct animals’ evolutionary history.

What proposed budget cuts could mean for NIH; how astrocytes help control circadian behaviors in mice; how mutations confer virulence to vaccine-derived polio; why cancer risk is in part “random”

An app-based sperm analyzer screens for signs of male infertility.

Reacting to the White House budget proposal; tracking “attacks on science”

Current Issue

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.


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

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.

The Marketplace

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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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