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Researchers find diverse ways that the molecules can regulate cancer’s spread.

image: Toward a Virus-Free Polio Vaccine

Toward a Virus-Free Polio Vaccine

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Researchers are developing polio vaccines based on the viral capsid alone. When produced in recombinant systems, these could eliminate the need to propagate live poliovirus for vaccine production. 

Metagenomic sequence data boosts the power of protein modeling software to yield hundreds of new protein structure predictions.

With its recruitment of dedicated “preprint editors,” PLOS Genetics makes official the practice of soliciting non-peer–reviewed manuscripts posted online. 

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Robert Califf steps down as FDA Commissioner as Donald Trump takes office.

A team finds that viruses can sense chemical signals and use them to decide whether to kill or infect their hosts.

The president-elect asks Collins to remain director of the NIH through the transition. Whether Donald Trump will formally appoint Francis Collins has yet to be seen.

Using simulations, scientists report that a mixture of termites and plant competition may be responsible for the strange patterns of earth surrounded by plants in the Namib desert. 

Current Issue

January 2017

Issue Cover: Driving Out Disease

Meet the researchers working to untangle the mystery of a Missouri home filled with bones by bringing cutting-edge technologies into the crime lab.

An entire industry has sprung up around resurrecting failed drugs and recycling existing compounds for novel indications.

Introducing genetic changes into mosquito populations could be key to effective malaria control.

Researchers and institutions seek to bridge the gap between emerging life science professionals and available positions.

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Anole lizards inhabiting the Caribbean islands display some of the key principles of evolution.

Forensic scientists have been using rudimentary molecular techniques for decades. But advanced forensic anthropology technologies and methods are just now coming to the fore in some investigations.

The Marketplace

Sponsored Product Updates

AMSBIO announce a new range of ready-to-use adeno-associated virus (AAV) biosensor products

New ZEISS Axiocam models complement camera portfolio

The CELLSEARCH® System will join Menarini-Silicon Biosystems’ family of advanced diagnostics.

Updates to infrared detector line-up

Extension of key CRISPR license and grant-funded research.

The company’s first lateral flow product specific to antibody labeling.

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    The lesson here is for scientists to be watchful and very, very vocal in the defense of the research enterprise. No more can the phrase “the science will speak for itself” be uttered from any responsible scientist.

- Paul Stein, House Panel: Defund Studies on Fetal Tissue Obtained from Abortions
 
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