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Sensing North

By | April 2, 2015

“Blind” rats fitted with a neuroprosthetic device that stimulates the brain when the animals turn their heads to the north or south can navigate mazes as well as sighted rats.

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Enzyme Improves CRISPR

By | April 1, 2015

A smaller Cas9 protein enables in vivo genome engineering via viral vectors.

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Opinion: Upgrading Cancer Prevention

By | April 1, 2015

Preemptive detection and intervention will be key to easing the growing burden of cancer, particularly in developing countries.

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Hiding in Plain Sight

By | March 31, 2015

Researchers using metagenomics and single-cell sequencing identify a potential new bacterial phylum.

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Opinion: Making Cancer Vaccines Work

By | March 31, 2015

Armed with the right adjuvant system, vaccines are poised to tackle one of the world’s most intractable diseases. 

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Female Brain Maintained by Methylation

By | March 30, 2015

Development of female sexual behaviors requires DNA methylation in the preoptic area of the rodent brain. 

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Comparing Leprosy Bacteria

By | March 27, 2015

Researchers sequence the genome of Mycobacterium lepromatosis, a recently discovered sister species to the primary leprosy-causing bacterium.

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Short, Strong Signals

By | March 25, 2015

Methylation increases both the activity and instability of the signaling protein Notch.

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Opinion: Can the Brain Be Trained?

By | March 23, 2015

Online brain-training is gaining popularity, but so far little evidence exists to support claims of improved cognition.

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CRISPR Chain Reaction

By | March 19, 2015

A powerful new CRISPR/Cas9 tool can be used to produce homozygous mutations within a generation, but scientists call for caution.

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