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Rather, the breast cancer mutation screen was classified as a type of medical device with obligations for the company to reduce risks to customers.


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Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics

By Ruth Williams | March 15, 2018

A device dubbed the “mother machine” enables real-time observation of mutagenesis in single bacterial cells.  


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Stem Cell Vaccine Protects Mice From Cancer

By Ruth Williams | February 15, 2018

Stem cells and cancer cells have enough molecular similarities that the former can be used to trigger immunity against the latter.

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The findings more than double the number of known defense mechanisms, piquing the interests of molecular biology tool developers.


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Opinion: Label Drugs That Are Tested on Animals

By Shaun Khoo | January 16, 2018

Transparency about the role of animals in drug development could help raise awareness of and appreciation for preclinical research.

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Activating genes for reprogramming factors for a short time transforms large numbers of differentiated cells into multipotent forms that could be useful for cell-based therapies.


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Opinion: Taxable Tuition = Trouble for Graduate Students

By Michael T. Parker and Patricia M. Lawston | November 30, 2017

Our calculations find troubling increases in taxes if a US House–led tax plan succeeds, but tuition waivers, as the Senate bill has proposed, could actually reduce students’ tax burdens.


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Corals’ pH Sensor Identified

By Ashley P. Taylor | November 1, 2017

Soluble adenylyl cyclase measures and responds to pH changes in coral cells, but whether it can help the animals withstand ocean acidification is not yet known.


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Opinion: How to Define Cell Type

By Sara B. Linker, Tracy A. Bedrosian, and Fred H. Gage | November 1, 2017

Advances in single-cell technologies have revealed vast differences between cells once thought to be in the same category, calling into question how we define cell type in the first place.


With the arrival of a new class of single-nucleotide editors, researchers can target the most common type of pathogenic SNP in humans.

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