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Bats May Have Taken on Viruses To Stay in Flight

By Ashley Yeager | February 23, 2018

Dampening the immune response to stay up in the air may have helped bats become tolerant to viral infections.

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Nobel Prize–Winning Biologist Dies

By Catherine Offord | February 20, 2018

Günter Blobel, known for his work on the signal hypothesis of protein targeting, has died from cancer at age 81.

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A closer moon and ideal coastal conditions for tide pool formation may have started the evolutionary transition of tetrapods.

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Stem Cell Vaccine Protects Mice From Cancer

By Ruth Williams | February 15, 2018

Stem cells and cancer cells have enough molecular similarities that the former can be used to trigger immunity against the latter.

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Poecilia formosa, an all-female fish species, has a surprisingly robust genome. 

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Starfish in the Deep Sea Can See

By Abby Olena | February 6, 2018

A study of 13 starfish species reveals that even animals that live at depths where sunlight doesn’t reach have functioning eyes.

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The test uses levels of plasma amyloid-β to estimate the buildup of protein plaques in the brain.

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An Enduring Partnership

By Bob Grant | February 1, 2018

Humanity would be nothing without plants. It’s high time we recognize their crucial role in sustaining life on Earth.

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Contributors

By Katarina Zimmer | February 1, 2018

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

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Over the past seven years, Xiao-Long Lin has characterized nearly 70 new species of nonbiting midges and developed DNA barcodes to aid in future ecological surveys.

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