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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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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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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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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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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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Contributors

By Jim Daley | June 1, 2018

Meet some of the people featured in the June 2018 issue of The Scientist.

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Infographic: Caveolae Form and Function

By Ben Nichols | June 1, 2018

Researchers interrogate the cavernous structures on the surface of cells to better understand how they affect membrane function.

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Meet the Leechmeister

By The Scientist Staff | June 1, 2018

See the American Museum of Natural History curator Mark Sidall explain his fascination with leeches, which he and other scientists are using to infer biodiversity in some far-flung places.

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