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Mitochondrial DNA polymerase is necessary for the destruction of paternal mtDNA in fruit fly sperm, scientists show.

A look at the historical effects of downsized research funding suggests that the Trump administration’s proposed budget could hit early-career scientists the hardest.  

image: Opinion: On “The Impact Factor Fallacy”

Opinion: On “The Impact Factor Fallacy”

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Papers published in low-impact journals are not necessarily low-quality scientific contributions.

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Opinion: After We March


How to become—and stay—involved in science policy 

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

A conversation with activist and undergraduate student Sydney Bryant

Scientists issue a call to reconsider the rules governing the creation of tissues, organs, and other structures made possible by recent advances in synthetic biology. 

A cholesterol-lowering drug significantly cut the risk of heart attack and stroke in a recent study. But is it worth the steep cost?

As the closest living relatives of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, the San people of Southern Africa are popular study subjects.

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

Sponsored Product Updates

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

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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

3D liver microtissues comprised of cynomolgus hepatocytes provide physiologically relevant.

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