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A 27-year-long study finds insect biomass has declined by about 75 percent. 

People who read normally tend to have one dominant eye while people with dyslexia do not, research shows.

These researchers join around 200 research institutions that have cut ties with the publishing giant to support the ongoing push for open access and favorable pricing.

A new study identifies microorganisms residing in the human fallopian tubes and uterus, but some researchers are skeptical of the findings. 

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

GDF-15 lowers body weight in mice and primates.

Ambiguous rules and absent consequences are linked to harassment.

At low doses, resveratrol enhanced human T-cell activity in vitro, while at high doses it interfered with cell signaling. 

In mice, the tumor cells are able to thwart the immune response that would kill them—but immunotherapy prevented the return of melanoma.

Current Issue

October 2017

Issue Cover: A Natural Archive

A few kilograms of DNA could theoretically store all of humanity’s data, but there are practical challenges to overcome.

Emerging infections provide clues about how pathogens might evolve when farm animals are protected from infection.

From guiding branching neurons in the developing brain to maintaining a healthy heartbeat, there seems to be no job that the immune cells can’t tackle.

Researchers explore genetic engineering to produce super-tough fibers.


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

Daniel Kish, who is blind, uses vocal clicks to navigate the world by echolocation.

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories has genetically engineered a silkworm to spin spider silk, which might be used for futuristic products.

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Gyros Protein Technologies becomes distributor of iLite cell-based reporter gene assays for drug development  

Leader in artificial intelligence for CRISPR genome editing technology seeks funding to build on successful research programmes and commercialise new products

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Featured Comment

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.

Investigation Finds Cell Biologist Guilty of Misconduct