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Why Many Birds Don’t Have Penises

By | June 7, 2013

In avian species, a gene induces programmed cell death during development in the area where a phallus would otherwise grow.

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Week in Review: June 3–7

By | June 7, 2013

Crowdsourcing biomedical research; bird flu contagion?; zebrafish shed light on inherited muscle disorder; the economics of the Human Genome Project; the epigenetics of pair bonding

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Optogenetics and OCD

By | June 6, 2013

Stimulating brain cells with light reveals the dysfunctional circuitry that causes obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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Supreme Court OKs DNA Collection on Arrest

By | June 4, 2013

Top justices rule that police have the right to take DNA swabs from people who are arrested, even before they are convicted.

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Contributors

By | June 1, 2013

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

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Loss of Potential

By | June 1, 2013

In the fruit fly, the ability of neural stem cells to make the full repertoire of neurons is regulated by the movement of key genes to the nuclear periphery.

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Making Good on Research

By | June 1, 2013

Scientists working in developing nations who engage in capacity building find it bolsters the lives of locals and their own work.

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Oral History

By | June 1, 2013

Researchers use DNA from ancient tooth tartar to chart changes in the bacterial communities that have lived in human mouths for 8,000 years.

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The Next Big One

By | June 1, 2013

As new infections surface and spread, science meets the challenges with ingenuity and adaptation.

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Factoring in Face Time

By | June 1, 2013

How the study of human social interactions is helping researchers understand the spread of diseases like influenza and HIV

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