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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.

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image: Prominent Salk Institute Scientist Inder Verma Resigns

Prominent Salk Institute Scientist Inder Verma Resigns

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 12, 2018

His decision came as an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him was ongoing.  

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Image of the Day: Memory Jogger

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 12, 2018

Scientists can livestream how the mouse brain’s hippocampus maps the physical world and accesses those memories.  

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Nobel-Winning Biochemist Paul Boyer Dies

By Shawna Williams | June 7, 2018

The UCLA researcher was lauded for figuring out how ATP synthase works.

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Bees Appear Able to Comprehend the Concept of Zero

By Ashley Yeager | June 7, 2018

The insects correctly ordered an absence of black dots as “less than” a group of black dots.

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Image of the Day: New Kids on the Block

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 7, 2018

Researchers discover that a layer of human breast tissue is not one but two distinct cell types.  

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Luna DNA, Nebula Genomics, and other “bio-brokers” will allow customers to make money by granting access to their genetic and personal information for research purposes.

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A T-Cell Tweak Combats Advanced Breast Cancer

By Ashley Yeager | June 5, 2018

The immunotherapy eliminated a woman’s metastatic lesions and kept her disease-free for two years.

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Cell Transplant Trial for Spinal Injury Is Safe

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2018

The first human experiment with neural precursor cells implanted to treat chronic spinal cord injury suggests the procedure is safe, and hints at a small benefit.  

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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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