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A Neuroscientist’s Journey Through Madness

By Barbara Lipska with Elaine McArdle | April 1, 2018

After I was diagnosed with brain cancer and started to lose my mental health, the importance of my job came into clear focus.

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Cancer Evolutionist: A Profile of Charles Swanton

By Anna Azvolinsky | April 1, 2018

Motivated by his father’s cancer diagnosis, the Francis Crick Institute cancer geneticist has been revealing the ways tumors evolve and why they are so difficult to treat.

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Contributors

By The Scientist Staff | April 1, 2018

Meet some of the people featured in the April 2018 issue of The Scientist.

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The neuronal coverings that mediate synaptic changes are involved in everything from memory to psychiatric disorders, affecting autism, Alzheimer’s, and addiction.

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Here Comes Single-Cell Optogenetics

By Ruth Williams | March 1, 2018

A new protein may allow researchers to home in on individual neurons, determining their activity minute by minute.

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New Methods to Detect CRISPR Off-Target Mutations

By Sandeep Ravindran | March 1, 2018

Researchers have developed a variety of techniques to detect when CRISPR misses the mark.

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Stressed Rodents Make Different Choices

By Katarina Zimmer | March 1, 2018

Chronic stress tweaks a circuit in the brain that influences how lab rodents make tough decisions. 

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Research into the biological basis of gender identity is in its infancy, but clues are beginning to emerge.

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The variation may help explain why stocked salmon don’t fare as well in the ocean.

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Book Excerpt from How to Feed the World

By Uris Baldos | February 12, 2018

In chapter 5, “The Technology Ticket,” contributing author Uris Baldos urges acceptance and investment in “precision agriculture” to provide for a burgeoning global population.

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