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In the largest-ever study of its kind, researchers combined genomic data from nearly 900,000 patients and healthy individuals to identify commonalities among 10 mental illnesses.

A new study shows that the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients have a greater viral load, while another study in mice finds infection leads to amyloid-β build up.

The stem cell–derived transplants were stable for 24 months and led to wide-ranging behavioral improvements in the monkeys.  

What we can know about biology before the last universal common ancestor is limited—and we should be circumspect in filling in the gaps.

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A Florida teenager is the first person with a confirmed infection by the mosquito-borne virus.

USGS researchers must get approval from the Department of the Interior before speaking to the media.

Nearly 600 signatories, including four Nobel Prize winners, urge openness about animal experiments.

The now-extinct gibbon was buried with the grandmother of China’s first emperor and her many pets.

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June 2018

Issue Cover: Microbial Treasure

Identification of new archaea species elucidates the domain’s unique biology and sheds light on its relationship to eukaryotes.

The functions of the cellular invaginations identified more than half a century ago are now beginning to be understood in detail.

A step-by-step study of diseases that jump species gives subtle clues about future epidemics.

The IoT can link up many facets of research—from laboratory equipment to ideas—but scientists must be ready for the questions its implementation could raise.


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Blast off into orbit, where researchers on the International Space Station are growing plants in systems that may one day sustain astronauts traveling far across the solar system and beyond.

The discovery of copious new archaeal species is shedding light on the tree of life and revealing some unique cellular biology.

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Advanced Instruments—a leading developer of scientific and analytical instruments for the clinical, biopharmaceutical, and food-and-beverage industries—will feature the distinguished Dr. Robert Jerris at ASM Microbe 2018 on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 10:30am in booth 1610.

Limerick, PA. April 18, 2018 – Rockland Immunochemicals, Inc. announced today that Chief Science Officer, Dr. Carl Ascoli testified at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s third of six public session on Reproducibility and Replicability in Science on April 18th.

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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.

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