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A Pheromone by Any Other Name

By | October 1, 2013

Long known to play a role in sexual attraction, pheromones are revealing their influence over a range of nonsexual behaviors as researchers tease apart the neural circuitry that translates smells into action.


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Smell and the Degenerating Brain

By | October 1, 2013

An impaired sense of smell is one of the earliest symptoms of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and some other neurodegenerative diseases. Could it be a useful diagnostic tool?


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Different Cancers, Same Mutations

By | September 26, 2013

Scientists document common genetic alterations in cancers of different origins.


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Citations Predict Nobel Winners?

By | September 25, 2013

Thomson Reuters makes its annual data-based picks for which scientists could collect medals in Stockholm later this year.


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Natural Opioids Linked to Chronic Pain

By | September 19, 2013

The body’s own pain-quelling system may be at the root of chronic pain and symptoms of opioid withdrawal, according to a new study in mice.


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Fly-Wrangling and Undesirable Snacks

By | September 3, 2013

A humorous Twitter hashtag helps paint a picture of what science initiation rituals might look like.


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Fixing Fly Forgetfulness

By | September 3, 2013

Polyamines help fruit flies retain memories as they age.



By | September 1, 2013

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


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Going Viral

By | September 1, 2013

Bacteriophages shuttle genes between diverse ecosystems.

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Lords of the Fly, circa 1910

By | September 1, 2013

In a cramped lab overflowing with fruit flies, Thomas Hunt Morgan and his protégés made the discoveries that laid the foundations of modern genetics.


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