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A study of a simple marine animal suggests that the common ancestor of cnidarians and bilaterians may have had three germ layers instead of two.

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Criticism for Craig Venter’s “Face-Prediction” Software

By | September 11, 2017

The tool cannot predict a person’s face from DNA, say researchers—including some listed as coauthors on the publication. 

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Douglas Lowy and John Schiller, whose work led to the HPV vaccine, and Michael Hall, who discovered the TOR pathway, win this year’s prizes.

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Fingerprints of Ongoing Human Evolution Found

By | September 5, 2017

Genetic variants in Alzheimer’s- and smoking-related genes appear to be under selection pressure, according to a study comparing the genomes of old and young participants.

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Exposure to the body’s humidity causes a film of the microbes to change shape, opening flaps in the garment to allow for increased airflow.

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Contributors

By | September 1, 2017

Meet some of the people featured in the September 2017 issue of The Scientist.

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CRISPR May Prove Useful in De-Extinction Efforts

By | September 1, 2017

Researchers are using the powerful gene-editing tool to recreate the woolly mammoth.

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Infographic: The Various Forms of Methylated DNA

By | September 1, 2017

To expand the basic nucleotide alphabet, many species modify their DNA with epigenetic marks.

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The Role of DNA Base Modifications

By | September 1, 2017

Researchers are just beginning to scratch the surface of how several newly recognized epigenetic changes function in the genome.

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Global Patterns of Human Epigenetic Variation

By | August 28, 2017

A study of five far-flung human populations gives clues to adaptations to environmental pressures.

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