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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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Opinion: The Flood Reduction Benefits of Wetlands

By Michael W. Beck and Siddharth Narayan | August 31, 2017

Conservationists and the insurance industry team up to model the economic benefits of marshes during hurricanes.

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Global Patterns of Human Epigenetic Variation

By Ashley Yeager | August 28, 2017

A study of five far-flung human populations gives clues to adaptations to environmental pressures.

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Opinion: Science, Meet Politics

By Miriam R. Fein | August 23, 2017

The events of the past six months have inspired advocacy for the first time.

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Opinion: We Need a Replacement for Beall’s List

By Michael Mimouni, Eyal Braun, Francis B. Mimouni, Daniel Mimouni, and Eytan Z. Blumenthal | August 15, 2017

Although the popular blacklist of predatory publishers is gone, the suspect journals they produce are not. 

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The Ever-Expanding T-Cell World: A Primer

By Ashley P. Taylor | August 7, 2017

Researchers continue to identify new T-cell subtypes—and devise ways to use them to fight cancer. The Scientist attempts to catalog them all.

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Fascinated by Folding

By Anna Azvolinsky | August 4, 2017

Lila Gierasch uses biochemical tools to understand how linear chains of amino acids turn into complex three-dimensional structures.

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The genomes of two species of water bears reveal clues about how they persist in extreme conditions, yet don’t resolve the animals’ debated evolutionary story.

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Opinion: Biobanking Has a Consent Dilemma

By Timothy Caulfield | July 25, 2017

Is the deep uncertainty surrounding fundamental legal and ethical norms putting biobanks in a precarious position? 

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A new method stimulates B cells to make human antigen-specific antibodies, obviating the need for vaccinating blood donors or hunting for rare B cells.

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