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Single-cell genome analyses reveal the amount of mutations a human brain cell will collect from its fetal beginnings until death.

Three new strategies for using DNA to generate large, self-assembling shapes create everything from a nanoscale teddy bear to a nanoscale Mona Lisa.

The Good Pharma Scorecard finds some big pharmaceutical companies are meeting legal standards for disclosing results—but many studies still go unreported.

T-cell therapies are not just for cancer. Researchers are also advancing immunotherapy methods to protect bone marrow transplant patients from viral infections. 

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The proposed tax on graduate tuition waivers would significantly increase students’ taxable income.

A genomic interrogation of homosexuality turns up speculative links between genetic elements and sexual orientation, but researchers say the study is too small to be significant. 

The German research institution will invest more than $35 million in creating tenure-track positions for female scientists. 

Water bears can reanimate after years of desiccation—and gel-forming proteins unique to the animals may explain how.

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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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Horizon Discovery (LSE: HZD) (“Horizon” or “the Company”), a global leader in gene editing and gene modulation technologies, today announces the launch of its new cell line-derived epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) Multiplex cell-free DNA (cfDNA) Reference Standard.

The 5-Fusion Multiplex FFPE RNA Reference Standard from Horizon Discovery is a highly-characterized, biologically-relevant quality control material used to assess the performance of targeted NGS, RT-PCR and RT-qPCR assays aimed at detecting gene fusions. 

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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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