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Student workers seek voluntary recognition of their unions by university administrators out of concern that political appointees may deny their unions legal status.

Including as few as two labs in a study improved the odds of getting the true effect size by as much as 23 percentage points, according to a replication model.

Testing treatments on mini tumors may save time in identifying which therapies work best, a new study shows.   

The watchdog website FDAAA TrialsTracker names and shames human studies that breach the FDA’s requirements for reporting results.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

Dampening the immune response to stay up in the air may have helped bats become tolerant to viral infections.

The agency announces that the fixed offices and staffing will be replaced with short-term expeditions to foster collaboration.

More than 40,000 research staff and lecturers are expected to walk out in 14 days of protests.

In January, health officials began an aggressive vaccination campaign to counter the spreading disease.

Current Issue

February 2018

Issue Cover: Plant Science to the Rescue

It has become increasingly evident that, like animals, plants are not autonomous organisms but rather are populated by a cornucopia of diverse microorganisms.

A robot’s gentle nudge could add just the right amount of force to improve walking for patients with mobility-impairing ailments such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.  

Plants are locked in an ancient arms race with hostile viruses, but genome editing is giving crops the upper hand.

Lampbrush chromosomes, first observed in the 19th century, still offer an unparalleled glimpse into how genetic information is organized in the cell.

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Ashley Yeager, TS associate editor, explains the possible ramifications of cutting the CDC's Prevention and Public Health Fund.

Mary Hagedorn is racing to save Earth’s coral reefs by developing techniques for freezing the colonial animals’ gametes.

The Marketplace

Sponsored Product Updates

Gilson launches Gilson Connect, a cloud-connected platform that powers a product line of Bluetooth®-enabled, smart liquid handling devices designed to help scientists achieve verifiable science.

Microbiomics faces challenges with regard to standardization and harmonization. In this special edition newsletter, learn about improving microbiome measurement accuracy and reproducibility across labs, optimizing sample collection for microbiome analysis and more!

In modern hereditary disease testing, valuable information can be missed due to inadequate mining and interpretation. These "knowledge blind spots" can have significant clinical consequences. The Human Gene Mutation Database is the gold standard resource for coverage of published germ-line human inherited disease mutations. Learn more with this white paper!

Today Lonza announced the latest addition to its cell-culture product portfolio – the Quasi Vivo® System. The Quasi Vivo® Device consists of an advanced, interconnected fluidics system to create more physiologically relevant cell-culture conditions, helping researchers improve the predictive value of their studies.

Advanced Instruments, the world’s leading authority in osmometry, announces the newest member of the Advanced™ family of freezing point osmometers. Osmo1 is ideally suited for clinical laboratories who prefer to directly draw and test small sample volumes.

Analyzing a large protein using a traditional Western blot can be very complicated. The gel can break, the transfer can take forever, and reproducibility can be challenging. Find out how capillary-based protein separation techniques can help with this application note!

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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
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