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The Ever-Expanding T-Cell World: A Primer

By | 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 | 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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Ecotourism: Biological Benefit or Bane?

By , , , and | August 4, 2017

As nature-based tourism becomes more popular, considering the ecological effects of the practice becomes paramount.

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Opinion: Biobanking Has a Consent Dilemma

By | 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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Opinion: Use Pollution Models to Support Stream Sampling

By and | July 11, 2017

Modeling gives insight to the critical role of streamflow conditions when assessing the concentrations of endocrine disrupting compounds.  

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Caterpillars Turn to Cannibalism: Study

By | July 10, 2017

Herbivores may take to omnivory and eat conspecifics when the plants they feed on produce unsavory protective chemicals.

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image: Opinion: Hidden Environmental Cost in Green Solutions

Opinion: Hidden Environmental Cost in Green Solutions

By and | June 30, 2017

The inclusion of soil nutrient fluxes is critical for more-accurately assessing the societal value of ethanol biofuel vs. corn feed.

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Gut Feeling

By | June 22, 2017

Sensory cells of the mouse intestine let the brain know if certain compounds are present by speaking directly to gut neurons via serotonin.

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image: Opinion: The Virome and the Anti-vaccination Debate

Opinion: The Virome and the Anti-vaccination Debate

By | June 6, 2017

Advances in microbiome research are increasingly used in anti-vaccination arguments, yet the science actually undermines the premise of the argument.

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