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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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Opinion: Three-Parent Embryos—A Slippery Slope?

By John D. Loike and Alan Kadish | June 14, 2018

The use of pronuclear transfer to treat infertility must first be backed by evidence it can work in cases where parents seek to avoid mitochondrial mutations.

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Computational biologists are optimistic that the purchase of the world’s largest hub for open-source computer code will not affect the way they use GitHub for science.

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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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Researchers find that conserving marsupials on a predator-free island dampens their avoidance behaviors, which could mean trouble for their reintroduction to mainland Australia.

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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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Artificial Nerve Senses Pressure, Moves Cockroach Leg

By Shawna Williams | May 31, 2018

The device could one day help enable prosthetics deliver richer touch information to users.

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Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size

By Abby Olena | May 31, 2018

Three members of a gene family called NOTCH2NL may have been involved in the evolution of humans’ big cortex.

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Genetic adaptations for human brain development also make us vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.  

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Patent On Autism Genetic Test May Stifle Science

By Jessica Wright | May 30, 2018

LabCorp might be able to charge a licensing fee to any scientists who wish to sequence the gene HOMER1 in people who may have autism.

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