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

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How Animals and Plants Weather Hurricanes

By | October 6, 2017

Studies suggest not all critters fare well in extreme weather, though some thrive.

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Effects of Neanderthal DNA on Modern Humans

By | October 5, 2017

A new study reveals how Neanderthal DNA in the genomes of present-day British people influences their traits.

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Q&A with Michael Young, Nobel Laureate

By | October 2, 2017

Young talks with The Scientist about studying circadian rhythms in fruit flies, the applications of his work beyond Drosophila, and winning the prize. 

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Q&A with Nobel Laureate Michael Rosbash

By | October 2, 2017

A basic curiosity about how life works led the Brandeis University molecular biologist to discover how our bodies keep time. 

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Nonviral CRISPR Delivery a Success

By | October 2, 2017

Researchers use gold nanoparticles to deliver CRISPR-Cas9 and correct a point mutation in a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

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A Single Mutation in Zika Led to Devastating Effects

By | September 28, 2017

One amino acid change within a viral structural protein makes the difference between mild cases of brain damage and severe microcephaly in mice.

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Coastal Critters Make Epic Voyages After 2011 Tsunami

By | September 28, 2017

Marine species survived rafting thousands of kilometers on debris swept into the water by the giant wave, scientists say.

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The Caterpillar that Cries Wolf

By | September 22, 2017

In a case of acoustic deception, caterpillars mimic bird alarm calls to defend themselves.

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Icelanders’ Genomes Hint at Origins of Genetic Diversity

By | September 20, 2017

An analysis of 14,000 genomes reveals regions where new mutations are more likely to develop.

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