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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 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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Opinion: We Must Demand Evidence of Peer Review

By Nikolai Slavov | May 21, 2018

Peer review varies in quality and thoroughness. Making it publicly available could improve it.

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How to Separate the Science From the (Jerk) Scientist

By Anna Azvolinsky | May 18, 2018

A recent toast to James Watson highlights a tolerance for bigotry many want excised from the scientific community.

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Could a Dose of Sunshine Make You Smarter?

By Ruth Williams | May 17, 2018

Moderate ultraviolet light exposure boosts the brainpower of mice thanks to increased production of the neurotransmitter glutamate.  

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Men received both more and larger grants than women did, ending up with three times as much funding on average.

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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 of the Day: Cancer Spheroid

By The Scientist Staff | May 15, 2018

3-D balls of cells can be used to screen for potential cancer drugs.

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RNA Moves a Memory From One Snail to Another

By Ashley Yeager | May 14, 2018

Injecting molecules from a sea slug that received tail shocks into one that didn’t made the recipient animal behave more cautiously. 

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Sequencing of a single gene can spot patients with a dangerous form of mycosis fungoides better than other prognostic tests.  

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