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The first randomized trial to examine whole-genome sequencing in healthy people uncovers disease-causing genetic variants, but the overall benefits to this population are ambiguous.

The judges’ decision allows exceptions that may permit scientists’ travel from the blocked countries.

An analysis of human cancer genome projects uncovers a counterintuitive loss of ribosomal gene copies.

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When Caenorhabditis elegans surrenders to slumber, the majority of its neurons fall silent.

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The cell-surface receptor, SIRP-alpha, initiates the innate immune response in hosts.  

In the latest findings from the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology, independent researchers achieve results that mirror those of two earlier papers.

The International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium aims to characterize the entire mouse genome, starting first with more than 3,300 genes. 

Philip Coppens, who developed photocrystallography, has passed away at age 86.

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June 2017

Issue Cover: Foregoing Food

Regularly taking breaks from eating—for hours or days—can trigger changes both expected, such as in metabolic dynamics and inflammation, and surprising, as in immune system function and cancer progression.

Contamination of marine and terrestrial ecosystems by microplastics is putting individual organisms at risk.

A rapid increase in the global incidence of the condition has researchers scrambling to understand the causes of the trend, and cope with the consequences.

Locals helped researchers find the extremely rare boa.

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See a boa species that scientists hadn't witnessed alive in more than 50 years.

Watch the birth of platelets in the lungs of mice, a finding that contributes to a new understanding of the respiratory organs' role in blood formation.

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INTEGRA has published a ‘How-It-Works’ guide to explain the benefits of using a peristaltic pump for pumping and dispensing a wide variety of liquids.

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Innova to continue to provide custom bioconjugation services to support TTP’s Desktop Biology initiative

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To not allow courts to consider such cases would lead to further claims by conspiracy types claiming cover ups by the establishment. If courts truly weigh the evidence even that by experts spurious cases will surely fail.

-Gary Simpson, commenting on the recent decision by the EU's highest court to admit vaccine damage cases absent scientific evidence of harm
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