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Neurons in the spinal cord thought to be itch-specific also act as a braking mechanism for intense pain, scientists show.

More lessons from Dolly the sheep

Stress-related genes may be preferentially and rhythmically expressed as part of the circadian rhythms of older fruit flies, researchers report.  

Rorqual whales’ mouths can stretch to more than double their length without causing damage, thanks to two layers of neuronal coiling. 

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When the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders fired neurologist Allen Braun, the agency also barred his colleagues from publishing data collected over a 25-year period.

Neuroscientist Geoffrey Raisman pioneered the study of spinal cord injury and the use of cell transplants to repair the damage.

Researchers demonstrate the delivery of AAV-packaged CRISPR-CjCas9 into the muscles and eyes of mice.

Researchers isolate stem cells from the mouse cochlea and convert them into auditory hair cells, potentially paving the way for therapies to treat hearing loss.

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February 2017

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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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The Spectrum Compact CE System allows laboratories of all sizes the freedom to carry out single nucleotide polymorphism.

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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.

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