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Chance and Necessity

By | November 1, 2013

War and justice brought together two of the greatest minds of the 20th century, a scientist and a writer.

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Contributors

By | November 1, 2013

Meet some of the people featured in the November 2013 issue of The Scientist.

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Penetrating the Brain

By | November 1, 2013

Researchers use molecular keys, chisels, and crowbars to open the last great biochemical barricade in the body—the blood-brain barrier.

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Chimp Retirement on Hold

By | October 31, 2013

The 60 NIH chimpanzees that were set to enjoy their remaining years at a sanctuary in Louisiana will have to wait a little longer, thanks to Congress’s ongoing budgeting problems.

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Evolving Pain Resistance

By | October 24, 2013

Grasshopper mice harbor mutations in a pain-transmitting sodium channel that allow them to prey on highly toxic bark scorpions.

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Post-Publication Peer Review Mainstreamed

By | October 22, 2013

The launch of PubMed Commons highlights the pros and cons of re-reviewing published papers. 

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Week in Review: October 14–18

By | October 18, 2013

Ancient mosquito fossilized with blood meal; waste in academic research; the ethics of guest authorship; US government shutdown ends

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FDA Considers Three-Parent IVF

By | October 17, 2013

The US regulatory agency will meet next week to discuss whether to allow human trials of a technique that combines the genetic information of three adults.

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Science, Stalled

By | October 11, 2013

A salmonella outbreak threatens as the FDA, CDC, and USDA limp along, national laboratories are on the brink of closing, and some patients are admitted to the NIH hospital.

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Fighting Viruses with RNAi

By | October 10, 2013

The long-debated issue of whether mammals can use RNA interference as an antiviral defense mechanism is finally put to rest.

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