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The brains and bodies of young female rats can be accelerated into puberty by the presence of an older male or by stimulation of the genitals.

Amphibians resist their own chemical defenses with amino acid modifications in the sequence for a target receptor.

Recording from single neurons of epilepsy patients, neuroscientists show that both the strength and timing of neuronal firing are important to consciously perceive a visual object. 

An analysis of 14,000 genomes reveals regions where new mutations are more likely to develop.

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A former employee alleges that J. Craig Venter and others at his company treated women unfairly.

OCT4 is necessary for blastocyst formation in the human embryo, researchers report.

Hundreds of samples from microbes living in the gut, skin, mouth, and vagina add to the human microbiome “fingerprint.” 

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is offering small grants to aid scientists and students hit by Hurricane Harvey.

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September 2017

Issue Cover: Healing with Hallucinogens

Scientists are beginning to unravel the mechanisms behind the therapeutic effects of psychedelic drugs.

The once fringe idea is gaining traction among the scientific community.

Researchers are just beginning to scratch the surface of how several newly recognized epigenetic changes function in the genome.

Exposure to the body’s humidity causes a film of the microbes to change shape, opening flaps in the garment to allow for increased airflow.


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Neuropharmacologist John Cryan of University College of Cork in Ireland explains the links between the microbiome and the central nervous system.

See the urban landscapes in Detroit where researchers are studying the fates of pollinators that adopt a metropolitan lifestyle.

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Porvair Sciences offers a range of application optimised microplates and high-performance microplate equipment designed to enable drug discovery scientists to optimise sample preparation and improve productivity.

SP Scientific has announced its Fall 2017 program of LyoLearn™ webinars. 

Download this eBook from The Scientist and GE Healthcare to learn about the basics of PCR for DNA amplification, picking the right polymerase for your application, and more.

Meet Andrew, the pipetting robot. Guided by Andrew Lab software, Andrew provides a level of accuracy beyond what can be achieved by hand. Find out how Andrew can further ensure the reproducibility and accuracy of every experiment.

AMSBIO has announced a new range of CD47-relevant products suitable for rapid high throughput screening studies

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Sad day for the research community on cell division. What a disservice to science.

Sonia Rossell, commenting on The Scientist's Facebook page about renowned Univeristy of Tokyo cell biologist Yoshinori Watanabe being found guilty of manipulating images in five research papers from his lab.

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