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Blood Test Predicts Pregnancy Due Date

By Kerry Grens | June 7, 2018

A small study based on circulating RNA in the blood of moms-to-be describes a technique that could be used to help predict who’s most at risk of preterm labor.

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Condensin Folds DNA Through Loop Extrusion

By Diana Kwon | June 1, 2018

By observing the activity of a protein complex in real time, researchers have uncovered new evidence for a long-standing theory.

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Incomplete Immunity

By Jim Daley | June 1, 2018

By combining experimental data with computer models, researchers were able to predict a pathogen’s evolution toward more virulence.

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Productivity Paradox

By Jim Daley | June 1, 2018

During the last ice age, there wasn’t much plant matter to eat on northern steppes, but herbivorous woolly mammoths were abundant. How did they survive?

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The finding confirms that a cluster of cells that directs the fate of other cells in the developing embryo is evolutionarily conserved across the animal kingdom.

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The extracellular matrix appears to inhibit regeneration; but scientists debate whether heart muscle really comes back.  

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Image of the Day: Swiss Army Crustacean

By The Scientist Staff | May 2, 2018

The tools researchers used to study how this amphipod’s limbs develop could help inform our understanding of cell lineages and fates.

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Researchers stumbled across the connection while searching for ways to reduce vision problems in people with achromatopsia.

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The devices, which could one day treat children with esophageal atresia and short bowel, were recently tested in pigs.

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A trio of papers provide new insight into embryo development.

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