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Mice who get less attention from their mothers have more copies of a common retrotransposon in the genomes of their hippocampal neurons.

Researchers pinpoint a protein that can metabolize at least one of the insecticides, highlighting a route to identifying compounds that are friendlier to the critical pollinators.

Two studies examining the effects of parents’ ages on their offsprings’ telomere lengths come to opposite conclusions.  

Rather, the breast cancer mutation screen was classified as a type of medical device with obligations for the company to reduce risks to customers.

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The cells on one side of each wool fiber are longer than the cells on the other, researchers find. 

Quentin Wheeler’s firing of department chairs earlier this year didn’t sit well with university faculty members.  

NIH, NSF, and the DOE’s Office of Science will be among the agencies with budget increases if the omnibus bill is passed.

A study finds that the vaccine’s effects wear off as a person ages, suggesting a need for booster shots.

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March 2018

Issue Cover: The Transgender Brain

Research into the biological basis of gender identity is in its infancy, but clues are beginning to emerge.

New details of the molecular process by which our cells consume themselves point to therapeutic potential.

Researchers are looking to proteins to explore the biology of ancient organisms, from medieval humans all the way back to dinosaurs.

A study suggests that there is more to the eukaryotic genome than was previously suspected.


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How to analyze ancient proteins

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Eppendorf starts off the year by introducing not one, but two new centrifuges: the smaller benchtop centrifuges with up to 24 spaces herald a new era, while Eppendorf is simultaneously expanding the product range of its large refrigerated benchtop centrifuges with a particularly versatile, high-capacity variant.

These days, digital capture and management of sample information and experimental data are increasingly gaining in significance. The Eppendorf booth, too, will be entirely networked. At this North American premiere, the Eppendorf VisioNizesystem will be introduced to the public.

The TEER 24 System electrically monitors the barrier function of cells grown in culture upon permeable membrane substrates.

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Featured Comment

I remember watching GATTACA with some other grad students in the 90's, we liked it but laughed at the 'impossible' fast sequencing done to validate people's identities. Now we do seven impossible things before breakfast, so to speak.

Allison Mackay, commenting on The Scientist's story about a new, hand-held sequencer that can reportedly decode the entire human genome.

Pocket-Size Nanopore Device Sequences Entire Human Genome