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Fighting Viruses with RNAi

By | October 10, 2013

The long-debated issue of whether mammals can use RNA interference as an antiviral defense mechanism is finally put to rest.


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Mislabeled Microbes Cause Two Retractions

By | October 10, 2013

Two papers on plant immunity have been retracted, and questions remain about others with similar results. 


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Venter’s New Digs

By | October 9, 2013

Genomics pioneer Craig Venter is building a new campus for his non-profit research institute right next to his alma mater in San Diego.


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Genetics Firm Gets Baby-Predicting Patent

By | October 4, 2013

23andMe denies that its new patent will be used to help couples create designer babies based on personal genetic testing.

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Book Excerpt from Evolution and Medicine

By | October 1, 2013

In Chapter 11, “Man-made diseases,” author Robert Perlman describes how socioeconomic health disparities arise in hierarchical societies.


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By | October 1, 2013

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


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Get a Whiff of This

By | October 1, 2013

An issue devoted to the latest research on how smells lead to actions


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Proceed with Caution

By | October 1, 2013

While genomic data sharing is essential for research, scientists must work to keep sensitive, potentially damaging information under wraps.

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The Leprosy Bacillus, circa 1873

By | October 1, 2013

A scientist’s desperate attempts to prove that Mycobacterium leprae causes leprosy landed him on trial, but his insights into the disease’s pathology were eventually vindicated.


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Three-Way Parenthood

By , and | October 1, 2013

Avoiding the transmission of mitochondrial disease takes a trio, but raises a host of logistical issues.


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