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In Chapter , "Genes, Freaks, DNA," author Sam Kean draws parallels between the lives of Gregor Mendel and Johannes Friedrich Miescher, who both made scientific discoveries that were truly ahead of their times.

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DNA Truth or Dare

By | July 1, 2012

Learning the intricacies of your own genetic profile is a double-edged sword.

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Meeting of the Minds

By | July 1, 2012

New changes at The Scientist will ensure that we continue to showcase the best and brightest ideas in the life sciences.

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All’s Not Fair in Science and Publishing

By | July 1, 2012

False credit for scientific discoveries threatens the success and pace of research.

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Brain Mosaic

By | July 1, 2012

Retrotransposons contribute to genetic variability in human brain cells.

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SNAREs at the Synapse

By | July 1, 2012

Using tiny lipid discs, scientists resolve contradictory evidence about how many proteins are required for neurotransmitter release.

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Natural Antidepressant Discovered

By | June 25, 2012

A newly recognized chemical factor in the brain, called neuritin, regulates plasticity and may play a role in depression.

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NIH Tackles Racism

By | June 25, 2012

An advisory committee urges the federal funding agency to take steps to counter racial bias in the granting process.

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UK Gov’t Supports Open Access Plan

By | June 19, 2012

The UK government releases its recommendation that open access be “the main vehicle for the publication of research,” though it warns of the costs that could entail.

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fMRI Mind Reader

By | June 14, 2012

A neuroscientist tries to communicate with people in a vegetative state using brain imaging techniques.

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