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Top 10 Innovations 2014

By The Scientist Staff | December 1, 2014

The list of the year’s best new products contains both perennial winners and innovative newcomers.

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Beyond the Blueprint

By Mark A. Genung, Jennifer A. Schweitzer, and Joseph K. Bailey | September 1, 2014

In addition to serving as a set of instructions to build an individual, the genome can influence neighboring organisms and, potentially, entire ecosystems.

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A Vaulted Mystery

By Eufemia S. Putortì and Massimo P. Crippa | August 1, 2014

Nearly 30 years after the discovery of tiny barrel-shape structures called vaults, their natural functions remain elusive. Nevertheless, researchers are beginning to put these nanoparticles to work in biomedicine.

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The Body’s Ecosystem

By The Scientist Staff | August 1, 2014

Research on the human microbiome is booming, and scientists have moved from simply taking stock of gut flora to understanding the influence of microbes throughout the body.

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Designer Livestock

By Jef Akst | June 1, 2014

New technologies will make it easier to manipulate animal genomes, but food products from genetically engineered animals face a long road to market.

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Putting Up Resistance

By Kerry Grens | June 1, 2014

Will the public swallow science’s best solution to one of the most dangerous wheat pathogens on the planet?

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A Twist of Fate

By Jonathan Slack | March 1, 2014

Once believed to be irrevocably differentiated, mature cells are now proving to be flexible, able to switch identities with relatively simple manipulation.

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Genomes Gone Wild

By Megan Scudellari | January 1, 2014

Weird and wonderful, plant DNA is challenging preconceptions about the evolution of life, including our own species.

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The Bright Side of Prions

By Randal Halfmann | January 1, 2014

Associated with numerous neurological diseases, misfolded proteins may also play decisive roles in normal cellular functioning.  

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One Man's Trash...

By Kerry Grens | December 1, 2013

Scientists who dared to waste their time looking at the midbody, a remnant of cell division, have catapulted the organelle to new prominence.

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