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Book Excerpt from Jane on the Brain

By | December 1, 2017

In chapter 3, “The Sense of Sensibility,” author Wendy Jones uses scenes from one of Jane Austen’s most celebrated novels to illustrate the functioning of the body’s stress response system.

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Captivated by Chromosomes

By | December 1, 2017

Peering through a microscope since age 14, Joseph Gall, now 89, still sees wonder at the other end.

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Cataloging Fungal Life in Antarctic Seas

By | December 1, 2017

Brazilian researchers report a relatively large diversity of fungi in marine ecosystems surrounding Antarctica, but warn that climate change could bring unpleasant surprises.

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Contributors

By | December 1, 2017

Meet some of the people featured in the December 2017 issue of The Scientist.

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A single receptor on natural killer cells recognizes an amino acid sequence conserved across Zika, dengue, and related pathogens.

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Aggressive little marine predators, mantis shrimps possess a mushroom body that appears identical to the one found in insects.

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The whip spider senses the world in weird and wonderful ways.

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Meet the Press, 1967

By | December 1, 2017

Fifty years ago, Arthur Kornberg announced to reporters that his team had synthesized functional DNA.

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The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researcher’s work will help predict how the Arctic is responding to climate change—and the global effects of those changes.

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Optical Cell Sorting

By | December 1, 2017

Researchers are using light and new image processing tools for label-free cell characterization.

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