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Hurricanes, protests, and lifesaving genetic engineering: our picks for the biggest stories of the year

In 2017, scientists, regulators, and publishers clashed in a series of lawsuits, boycotts, mass resignations, and more.

This year’s controversial news included unethical behavior among politicians, a murder, and multiple accusations of gender discrimination and sexual harassment, in addition to the usual spate of research misconduct.

How a new administration in the U.S. affected scientists around the world throughout 2017

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

Scientist find that living near a hydraulic fracturing site for gas and oil extraction could have adverse effects on infant health. 

A provision to tax tuition waivers was dropped during the reconciliation process.

The first industry-sponsored CRISPR therapy is slated to be tested in humans in 2018.

The new test could improve upon two current methods to diagnose tuberculosis—a skin test or culturing bacteria from saliva, both of which take days.

Current Issue

December 2017

Issue Cover: The Embryo's Secrets Revealed

From single-cell analysis to whole-genome sequencing, this year’s best new products shine on many levels.

New technologies reveal the dynamic changes in mouse and human embryos during the first week after fertilization.

Growing evidence points to a once-habitable world—and recent findings suggest that life could exist on Mars today.

Peering through a microscope since age 14, Joseph Gall, now 89, still sees wonder at the other end.


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ProImmune, a leader in services for understanding immune responses, today announced the introduction of MutaMap™, a new high-throughput assay service for understanding the impact of point mutations on protein therapeutic activity, including monoclonal antibodies.

At Booth 534 Lonza will showcase how its automated QC testing solutions and Nucleofector™ Devices can increase efficiency and throughput in the drug development process. 

Washing cells for flow cytometry can potentially alter cell biology. With this information package from Curiox BioSystems, find out more about how DA-Cell automated methods use laminar flow washing and a unique SBS-standard 96-well plate to remove excess fluorescent marker without stressing the cells.

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Sad day for the research community on cell division. What a disservice to science.

Sonia Rossell, commenting on The Scientist's Facebook page about renowned Univeristy of Tokyo cell biologist Yoshinori Watanabe being found guilty of manipulating images in five research papers from his lab.

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