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Scholars have formed a peer-review boycott to encourage journals to take a firm stance against requests to cull sensitive articles.

A few months after the American Chemical Society won its lawsuit against the pirate site, the game of virtual whack-a-mole continues.

Stem cells and cancer cells have enough molecular similarities that the former can be used to trigger immunity against the latter.

image: Love in the Scientific Literature

Love in the Scientific Literature

By Cassandra Willyard

There are countless ways for scientists to say, “I love you.” Naming a slime-mold beetle after your wife (and another after your ex-wife) is, apparently, one of them.  

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The longtime professor at Stanford University School of Medicine researched the role of insulin in diabetes, hypertension, and a plethora of other diseases.

The increase is attributed to a drop in immunization rates.

Günter Blobel, known for his work on the signal hypothesis of protein targeting, has died from cancer at age 81.

The research center and medical school admittedly violated the rules in spending grants from the National Institutes of Health.

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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.

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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!

During the Society of Toxicology Meeting from 11-15 March 2018 at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio, TX (USA), Lonza will present two posters highlighting its latest research into developing more physiologically relevant in vitro cell-culture models for ADME-Tox testing. 

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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