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Determining which products of advanced biotechnology are deserving of legal protections is essential to our own social architecture.

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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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image: Image of the Day: Cocoon

Image of the Day: Cocoon

By Sukanya Charuchandra | May 23, 2018

Researchers have taken inspiration from wild silk moths to craft fibers that can transport images.

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image: Image of the Day: Jasper the Cat

Image of the Day: Jasper the Cat

By The Scientist Staff | May 22, 2018

Researchers found a previously undiscovered hepadnavirus in an immunocompromised cat.

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Image of the Day: Hammerhead

By The Scientist Staff | May 21, 2018

This hammer-headed fruit bat is wearing a GPS tracker deployed by researchers with the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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image: Lizards’ Green Blood Evolved Four Times

Lizards’ Green Blood Evolved Four Times

By Kerry Grens | May 16, 2018

The uncommon hue is present in skinks that aren’t closely related, but the advantage of the odd trait remains anyone’s guess.  

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image: Image of the Day: Lego Microscopy

Image of the Day: Lego Microscopy

By The Scientist Staff | May 16, 2018

With open-source software and Lego hardware, researchers have created a low-cost, automated method for cellular fluorescence microscopy.

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image: Image of the Day: Henrietta Lacks

Image of the Day: Henrietta Lacks

By The Scientist Staff | May 12, 2018

A painting of the woman who was the source of HeLa cells will be on view at the National Portrait Gallery beginning May 15.

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image: Army Surgeons Grow Ear in Soldier’s Arm

Army Surgeons Grow Ear in Soldier’s Arm

By Catherine Offord | May 11, 2018

The woman’s own cartilage was used to construct the transplant after she lost her left ear in a car crash.

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image: Measles Cases On the Rise in England

Measles Cases On the Rise in England

By Jim Daley | May 11, 2018

The increase is associated with travel to Europe, where large outbreaks are occurring.

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