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While the University Grants Commission’s system prioritizes peer-reviewed papers, experts not involved in the initiative express concern that it could incentivize cheating.

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Broad Wins CRISPR Patent Interference Case

By | February 15, 2017

The USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board has ruled in favor of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard retaining intellectual property rights covered by its patents for CRISPR gene-editing technology.

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Duplicated Genes May Reduce Resilience in Yeast

By | February 14, 2017

Researchers find that some duplicated yeast genes develop dependency—the loss of one copy leads to the failure of the other.

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Opinion: Sometimes, Scientists Must March

By , , and | February 13, 2017

Lessons learned from the “Death of Evidence” demonstration in Canada

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Science Policy in 2017

By | February 13, 2017

The Scientist’s coverage of key science agencies, the early days of the Trump administration, and the March for Science

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Cytoskeletons Direct Hydra Regeneration

By | February 10, 2017

Although hydra are known for regenerating even under the most dire circumstances, disrupting their cytoskeletal structures can interfere with the process, scientists show.

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Science Teaching Standards up for Revision in Texas

By | February 9, 2017

Despite a committee of educators recommending the removal of language challenging evolution in science curricula, state education board members vote to reintroduce controversial concepts. 

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An ingestible, electronic capsule can harvest energy from stomach acid for up to a week in a pig model system.

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Pardis Sabeti: An American Scientist Born in Iran

By | February 9, 2017

When she entered the U.S. shortly before the Iranian revolution of 1979, the now 41-year-old geneticist was a refugee toddler. 

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Toward Killing Cancer with Bacteria

By | February 8, 2017

Researchers employ an engineered microbe to destroy tumor cells in mice.

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