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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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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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Opinion: How to Use Mobile Apps for Immunohistochemistry

By Alexander E. Kalyuzhny | May 25, 2018

This guide for apps comes from personal experience testing various programs aimed to improve productivity or to help with selecting reagents.

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Researchers have been using ultrasound to control brain activity, but studies in mice and guinea pigs show it also stimulates the auditory system, presenting a confounder for direct neural stimulation.

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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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Opinion: How We Found a New Way to Detect “Hidden Sharks”

By Stefano Mariani and Judith Bakker | May 7, 2018

Given the speed and efficiency of environmental (eDNA) sampling, a much larger portion of the sea can be screened, in a shorter time, for patterns of diversity.

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Vision Restored: The Latest Technologies to Improve Sight

By Anna Azvolinsky | April 10, 2018

Cell implants, gene therapy, even optogenetics are making headway in clinical trials to treat various forms of blindness.  

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Researchers identified thousands of immature neurons in the brain region, countering a recent result showing little, if any, signs of neurogenesis.

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The Scientist looks at one such Houston-based purveyor that has been treating patients abroad for years with mesenchymal stem cells.    

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