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Influenza cases normally top out in February. This year brought an early start and an early peak, but how long flu season will remain is uncertain. 

Despite the prevalence of pheromone products on the market, substantial evidence that they can induce sexual attraction is lacking.

Institutions document the effects of unconscious bias and set specific goals for gender balance.

Millions of measurements from 23 people who consumed extra calories every day for a month reveal changes in proteins, metabolites, and gut microbiota that accompany shifts in body mass.

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Anne Peyroche has been acting president of the French science organization since last October.

Both higher education and industry associations were advocating for a later implementation date for the Common Rule, which governs human studies.

Pharmaceutical giant Sanofi to take over hemophilia drugmaker Biovertiv, while Celgene will buy cancer drugmaker Juno Therapeutics.

The new diagnostic works by identifying cancer-associated proteins and DNA in patient blood.

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January 2018

Issue Cover: The Science of Pain

Immune-like cells in the central nervous system are now recognized as key participants in the creation and maintenance of persistent pain.

The race to develop analgesic drugs that inhibit sodium channel NaV1.7 is revealing a complex sensory role for the protein.

A cornucopia of toxins in the animal kingdom could provide inspiration for novel painkillers, but so far, effective drugs have proven elusive.  

Decades after their discovery by bioprospectors, amphibian-derived analgesics continue to attract scientific attention.

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The instrument presents a new option for researchers working on large-scale fly behavior studies.

Since the mid-2000s, the voltage-gated sodium channel NaV1.7 has emerged as a promising target for a new class of analgesics.

The Marketplace

Sponsored Product Updates

Avacta Group plc (AIM: AVCT), the developer of Affimer® biotherapeutics and reagents, and OncoSec Medical Incorporated ("OncoSec") (NASDAQ: ONCS), a company developing intratumoral cancer immunotherapies, are pleased to announce they have entered into a research collaboration to combine Avacta’s Affimer protein platform with OncoSec’s gene delivery technology ImmunoPulse®.

Beckman Coulter Life Sciences launched a family of FormaPure reagent kits for extracting nucleic acid from often challenging formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues. FormaPure reagent kits represent a single chemistry system designed and optimized for use in next-generation sequencing (NGS) and other downstream applications, including qPCR/ddPCR/PCR. 

IONTAS Limited (IONTAS), a leader in the discovery and optimisation of fully human antibodies, announced today that it has signed an agreement with Sanofi to discover antibodies using IONTAS’ proprietary Mammalian Display Technology.

10x Genomics, Inc., a company focused on accelerating genomic discovery, today launched a new version of their de novo assembly solution to provide the fastest most cost-effective solution for creating high-quality de novo assemblies at scale for plants and animals.

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb) today announced the launch of the NGC Fraction Collector. When used with the NGC Chromatography System, the NGC Fraction Collector provides the flexibility and collection capacity needed for any application, from discovery to scale up.

Desktop Genetics Ltd (DTG), a biotech company globally recognised for its leadership in gene-editing bioinformatics, acquired exclusive worldwide licensing rights for TIDE (Tracking of Indels by DEcomposition), from the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI). The TIDE technology will allow investigators to quantitatively assess genome editing on the DESKGEN Cloud, the free CRISPR design software from DTG.

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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.

Investigation Finds Cell Biologist Guilty of Misconduct
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