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

Acute bouts of diarrhea could have lasting effects on the microbiota and host immune system activation, a mouse study suggests.

image: Opinion: Three-Parent Embryos—A Slippery Slope?

Opinion: Three-Parent Embryos—A Slippery Slope?

By John D. Loike and Alan Kadish

The use of pronuclear transfer to treat infertility must first be backed by evidence it can work in cases where parents seek to avoid mitochondrial mutations.

Two different types of bacteria—one genetically engineered and one from cheese—defend animal intestines from Vibrio cholerae infection.  

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Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges that allege the company’s promise to revolutionize blood testing swindled investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars and put patients in danger.

NASA, NSF, and NIH are expected to receive higher financial backing for the 2019 fiscal year, going above and beyond the President’s proposed budget.  

USGS scientists need approval from a political appointee before they can present research at two big geological conferences.

Todd Heatherton had groped students, according to allegations, and was facing termination.

Current Issue

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.

Learn about standardized processing techniques along with proficiency testing protocols used to construct NGS libraries with this eBook from <i>The Scientist</i>, sponsored by LGC Biosearch Technologies!

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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