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Thirty Years of Progress

By The Scientist Staff | October 1, 2016

Since The Scientist published its first issue in October 1986, life-science research has transformed from a manual and often tedious task to a high-tech, largely automated process of unprecedented efficiency.

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Bacteria and Humans Have Been Swapping DNA for Millennia

By Kelly Robinson and Julie Dunning Hotopp | October 1, 2016

Bacteria inhabit most tissues in the human body, and genes from some of these microbes have made their way to the human genome. Could this genetic transfer contribute to diseases such as cancer?

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Proprioception: The Sense Within

By Uwe Proske and Simon Gandevia | September 1, 2016

Knowing where our bodies are in space is critical for the control of our movements and for our sense of self.

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Sensory Biology Around the Animal Kingdom

By The Scientist Staff | September 1, 2016

From detecting gravity and the Earth’s magnetic field to feeling heat and the movement of water around them, animals can do more than just see, smell, touch, taste, and hear.

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What Sensory Receptors Do Outside of Sense Organs

By Sandeep Ravindran | September 1, 2016

Odor, taste, and light receptors are present in many different parts of the body, and they have surprisingly diverse functions.

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Decoding Human Accelerated Regions

By Katherine S. Pollard | August 1, 2016

Do the portions of our genomes that set us apart from other animals hold the secret to human evolution?

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Humans Never Stopped Evolving

By John Hawks | August 1, 2016

The emergence of blood abnormalities, an adult ability to digest milk, and changes in our physical appearance point to the continued evolution of the human race.

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The Genes Underlying Autism Are Coming Into Focus

By Megan Scudellari | August 1, 2016

As researchers sequence the DNA of thousands of kids with autism, dozens of genetic subgroups are emerging.

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Immune Cell–Stem Cell Cooperation

By Waleed Rahmani, Sarthak Sinha, and Jeff Biernaskie | July 1, 2016

Understanding interactions between the immune system and stem cells could pave the way for successful stem cell–based regenerative therapies.

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What Causes Type 2 Diabetes?

By Barbara E. Corkey | July 1, 2016

Insulin resistance and high levels of insulin and lipids all precede the development of metabolic dysfunction. Which metabolic factor is to blame?

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