Snapshot | The Eclectic Reading Habits of Scientists
When it comes to reading nonscientific books, the interests of our readers would fill a library. The 322 readers who completed our survey have books on fly fishing, science fiction, politics, and philosophy, sitting on their coffee and bedside tables. One reader has a self-described "voracious" appetite: "I usually have at least three books going at all times."
They also read newspapers: 62% do so on a regular basis, with the New York Times the preferred daily of 26%. Also, 42% of the responders read a news magazine regularly, with Time, Newsweek, and The Economist topping the list.
Still, others prefer the remote by their beds. Says one: "I watch too much TV."
By Anna Azvolinsky
Two independent groups demonstrate the utility of CRISPR-based techniques to identify regulatory elements that govern disease-linked genes.
By Rina Shaikh-Lesko
Mammals and amphibians show greater intraspecific genetic diversity in the tropics compared with temperate regions.
By Tracy Vence
Researchers report conflicting results.
The Nutshell Monsanto Buys Rights to CRISPR
The US agribusiness secures a global, nonexclusive licensing agreement from the Broad Institute to use the gene-editing technology for agricultural applications.
Daily News How Plants Evolved Different Ways to Make Caffeine
Caffeine-producing plants use three different biochemical pathways and two different enzyme families to make the same molecule.
The Nutshell Thomson Reuters Predicts Nobelists
According to citation statistics, researchers behind programmed cell death pathways and CRISPR/Cas9 are among those in line for Nobel Prizes this year.
Foundations ESP on Trial
In the 1930s, parapsychologist Joseph Banks Rhine aimed to use scientific methods to confirm the existence of extrasensory perception, but faced criticisms of dubious analyses and irreproducible results.
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