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Abundant Sequence Errors in Public Databases

By | February 16, 2017

A new algorithm reveals hoards of preparation-induced DNA mutations in publicly available human sequences.

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Henrietta Lacks’s Family Seeks Compensation

By | February 16, 2017

Family members of Lacks, the donor behind the widely used HeLa cell line, are planning to sue Johns Hopkins University.

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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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Tom Price Confirmed as HHS Director

By | February 10, 2017

The orthopedic surgeon is confirmed to lead the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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Week in Review: February 6–10

By | February 10, 2017

Two potential Science Advisors to the President talk federal funding, climate change research, science marches, and more; a conversation with Iranian-American geneticist Pardis Sabeti; standards for teaching evolution in Texas could change; bioengineers debut a stomach acid–powered ingestible sensor; toward killing cancer with bacteria; ecDNA and tumor evolution

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A conversation with public health expert Lynn Goldman, a former assistant administrator at the US Environmental Protection Agency

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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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Science Policy Recap: February 9, 2017

By | February 9, 2017

While the executive order on immigration continues to affect scientists, a coalition of public interest groups is suing the Trump administration, alleging that the president’s executive order on regulations “exceeds [his] constitutional authority.”

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Non-Chromosomal DNA Drives Tumor Evolution

By | February 8, 2017

Researchers discover that short pieces of DNA harboring oncogenes are relatively widespread in cancer.

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How Plants Evolved to Eat Meat

By | February 7, 2017

Pitcher plants across different continents acquired their tastes for meat in similar ways.

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