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The Prescient Placenta

By | August 1, 2015

The maternal-fetal interface plays important roles in the health of both mother and baby, even after birth.

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When Does a Smart Mouse Become Human?

By | July 1, 2015

Ethical issues attend the creation of animal-human chimeras.

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Keeping Science Pubs Clean

By | June 29, 2015

Science releases new guidelines for research transparency, hoping to stem the tide of retractions and misconduct.

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Sperm From Ovaries

By | June 11, 2015

With the deletion of a single gene, female Japanese rice fish can produce sperm. 

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Opinion: Public Data, Private Concerns

By | May 20, 2015

Research participants aren’t always clear on open data policies when consenting to studies.

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Dino Snouts from Chicken Beaks

By | May 13, 2015

Researchers tweak gene expression in chicken embryos that may have been crucial to the evolutionary transition from dinosaur noses to bird bills.

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NIH Opposes Editing Human Embryos

By | April 30, 2015

Following the publication of a study in which scientists used CRISPR to edit nonviable human embryos, the National Institutes of Health states it will not fund such research.

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TS Picks: April 28, 2015

By | April 28, 2015

Embryo editing edition

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Researchers Edit Early Embryos

By | April 23, 2015

Investigators in China observed extensive off-target effects when applying CRISPR-mediated gene editing in human zygotes.

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Viral Protector

By | April 21, 2015

A retrovirus embedded in the human genome may help protect embryos from other viruses, and influence fetal development.

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