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Image of the Day: Puzzle Plants

By The Scientist Staff | March 19, 2018

The jigsaw-shape cells found in the epidermis of many plants may serve to reduce mechanical stress on cell walls.

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Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics

By Ruth Williams | March 15, 2018

A device dubbed the “mother machine” enables real-time observation of mutagenesis in single bacterial cells.  

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The finding suggests corvids may have an innate sense of number.

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New Genetic Stroke-Risk Factors Identified

By Catherine Offord | March 13, 2018

Analysis of DNA samples from more than 520,000 people brings the number of known stroke-risk loci to 32. 

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Host slugs given Prozac to increase their serotonin levels no longer avoid parasitic nematodes, the same behavior seen in infected slugs.

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John Sulston, Human Genome Project Leader, Dies

By Kerry Grens | March 12, 2018

The biologist earned a Nobel Prize in 2002 for his work on C. elegans.

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In an unusual evolutionary twist, local stick spiders have come up with an almost identical repertoire of color morphs in multiple locations.

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Prominent Neuroscientist Fired by Columbia, HHMI

By Shawna Williams | March 8, 2018

The specific reason for Thomas Jessell’s dismissal has not been disclosed.

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The University of Chicago psychology professor made fundamental contributions to understanding the neural mechanisms of social experiences.  

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The agency gave personal genomics company 23andMe the green light to screen samples for breast cancer–related genetic mutations.

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