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Humans Never Stopped Evolving

By | August 1, 2016

The emergence of blood abnormalities, an adult ability to digest milk, and changes in our physical appearance point to the continued evolution of the human race.

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The Genes Underlying Autism Are Coming Into Focus

By | August 1, 2016

As researchers sequence the DNA of thousands of kids with autism, dozens of genetic subgroups are emerging.

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Contributors

By | August 1, 2016

Meet some of the people featured in the August 2016 issue of The Scientist.

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Additional #IceBucketChallenge Payoffs

By | July 28, 2016

Researchers identify a new ALS-associated gene thanks to funds generated by the social media challenge that went viral in summer 2014.

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Classic Example of Symbiosis Revised

By | July 25, 2016

The partnering of an alga and a fungus to make lichen may be only two-thirds of the equation.

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CRISPR Therapy to Enter Trials

By | July 25, 2016

Researchers in China will use the CRISPR-Cas9 system to edit T cells extracted from patients with cancer before those cells are returned to the body to target malignant ones.

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GM Mosquitoes Reduce Dengue Cases in Brazil

By | July 18, 2016

Field data from the biotech company Oxitec show that releasing genetically modified male mosquitoes whose offspring die helped reduce dengue cases by 90 percent in one year.

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A 3-D carbon nanotube mesh enables rat spinal tissue sections to reconnect in culture.

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Donor-Soil Microbes Drive Ecosystem Restoration

By | July 11, 2016

Excavating existing topsoil and adding donor soil, researchers revitalized degraded farmland in the span of six years.

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Mismatched ancestral origins of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA boost mouse health.

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