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Life Science Controversies of 2016

By , , and | December 23, 2016

This year, the developers of CRISPR gene-editing technology argued over patent rights, a researcher fought to unmask anonymous PubPeer commenters, US regulators considered “three-parent” babies, and troubles continued for Theranos.

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Opinion: A Tale of Two Hemispheres

By | December 20, 2016

Studying savant-like behaviors in birds could help researchers better understand autism spectrum disorders.

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Pregnancy May Remodel the Brain’s Social Cognition Regions

By | December 20, 2016

Reductions in the volume of gray matter in specific regions appear to represent synaptic pruning, a new study suggests, that tunes a mother’s brain to childcare.

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Video: Patent Battle Over CRISPR Gene Editing

By | December 13, 2016

The Scientist goes to court for a CRISPR patent interference case at the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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New Developments in CRISPR Patent Case

By | December 12, 2016

Documents suggest Feng Zhang started working on CRISPR before Jennifer Doudna’s group published; researchers call for CRISPR technology to be shared openly

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CRISPR Oral Arguments Recap, Cont’d

By | December 8, 2016

This week’s CRISPR patent hearing took a deep dive into the science of moving the gene-editing technology from prokaryotes to eukaryotic systems.

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USPTO to Hear Arguments on CRISPR Patents

By | December 5, 2016

Tuesday morning, the US Patent and Trademark Office will hear oral arguments from the two parties that claim to have been the first to use CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology in eukaryotic cells.

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Retrieving Short-Term Memories

By | December 1, 2016

Neurons can continue to capture a short-term memory without continuous firing, researchers show.  

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Scientists are enlisting the help of pigeons, parrots, crows, jays, and other species to disprove the notion that human cognitive abilities are beyond those of other animals.

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Speaking of Neuroscience

By and | November 18, 2016

A selection of notable quotes from the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting

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