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Plants’ Epigenetic Secrets

By Jef Akst | February 1, 2017

Unlike animals, plants stably pass on their DNA methylomes from one generation to the next. The resulting gene silencing likely hides an abundance of phenotypic variation.


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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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A Different Way of Doing Things

By Kivanç Birsoy and David M. Sabatini | April 1, 2016

Cancer cells exhibit altered metabolic processes that may serve as promising targets for new therapies.


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Microbes Meet Cancer

By Kate Yandell | April 1, 2016

Understanding cancer’s relationship with the human microbiome could transform immune-modulating therapies.


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The Forces of Cancer

By Lance L. Munn and Rakesh K. Jain | April 1, 2016

A tumor’s physical environment fuels its growth and causes treatment resistance.


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Hearing Help

By Kate Yandell | September 1, 2015

For decades, the only remedies for hearing loss were devices such as hearing aids or cochlear implants. Now, the first pharmaceutical treatments may be on the way.  


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A Not-So-Short Circuit?

By Edyta Zielinska | October 1, 2011

As neuroscientists look to the future of their field, they are beginning to delve into more complex factors that define our emotions and intentions.


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A Small Revolution

By Erica Westly | October 1, 2011

In fewer than 15 years, nanomedicine has gone from fantasy to reality.


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Opinion: Evolving Engineering

By George M. Church | October 1, 2011

Exploiting the unique properties of living systems makes synthetic biologists better engineers.


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Opinion: Research and Debt Reduction

By Mary Woolley | October 1, 2011

Investing more federal dollars in life science research may save the US economy.


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