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A team has engineered two stem cell lines into “synthetic T cells” that destroy breast cancer cells in vitro. 

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Opinion: Microbiology Needs More Math

By | October 12, 2017

Empirical data and humans’ biased interpretations can only get so far in truly understanding life at the microscale.

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Scientists are using a powerful gene editing technique to understand how human embryos develop.

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Opinion: Banning Shark Fin Sales in the U.S. Will Backfire

By | September 27, 2017

A proposal to do so would cause waste, promote less sustainable fisheries, and penalize US fishers who follow best practices.

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Opinion: Toxic Time Bombs

By | September 25, 2017

Decades of evidence point to the untoward health effects of endocrine disruptor exposures, yet little is being done to regulate the chemicals.

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Scientists’ Expectations for Brexit Mostly Grim

By | September 12, 2017

Some researchers have already been negatively affected by the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union, though opinions on the eventual outcome remain mixed.

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Booger Bacteria’s Sweet Immune Suppression

By | September 6, 2017

Sweet taste receptor-activating molecules produced by sinus microbes suppress the local innate immune system in humans.

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Opinion: Tales from the Nonacademic Career Path

By | September 3, 2017

Graduate students from The Scripps Research Institute share how they prepared to enter policy, law, biotech, and beyond.

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Overseeing assistant professors tasked with teaching freshmen how to conduct research revealed crucial gaps in STEM doctoral education. 

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An Immunological Timeline for Pregnancy

By | September 1, 2017

A new study uses blood samples from pregnant women to track changes in the immune system leading up to birth, and predicts gestational age from the mothers’ immune signatures.

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