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Race Is Not a Genomic Phenomenon

By Ian Tattersall and Rob DeSalle | June 1, 2018

Rather, DNA sequencing can help us parse our ancestry, a subtle but important distinction.

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Worms’ Magnetic Sense Questioned

By Abby Olena | April 25, 2018

Unsuccessful attempts to reproduce the results of a 2015 study reporting that C. elegans orient themselves by Earth’s magnetic field spark debate among researchers.

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The Biggest Science Scandals of 2017

By Jef Akst | December 15, 2017

This year’s controversial news included unethical behavior among politicians, a murder, and multiple accusations of gender discrimination and sexual harassment, in addition to the usual spate of research misconduct.

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Salk Faces Gender Discrimination Lawsuits

By Jef Akst | July 17, 2017

Two high-ranking female scientists at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, claim the center is run by a team of “good old boys.”

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Despite claims of preclinical success by a leading surgeon, doctors, scientists, and medical ethicists say the science is not ready.  

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Scientists are criticizing the claim that hominins were in North America more than 100,000 years earlier than the currently accepted estimation.

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Details of First Three-Parent IVF Revealed

By Bob Grant | April 3, 2017

The team that oversaw the first use of mitochondrial replacement therapy that resulted in a live birth has published an account of the procedure.

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Consilience, Episode 1: Smarty Plants

By Ben Andrew Henry | February 13, 2017

A conversation with plant biologists on the age-old dispute over the similarities and differences between plants and animals.

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Life Science Controversies of 2016

By Jef Akst, Bob Grant, and Tracy Vence | December 23, 2016

This year, the developers of CRISPR gene-editing technology argued over patent rights, a researcher fought to unmask anonymous PubPeer commenters, US regulators considered “three-parent” babies, and troubles continued for Theranos.

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NIH Reveals Plan to Fund Human-Animal Chimeras

By Kerry Grens | August 4, 2016

The public gets to weigh in before the US government lifts its ban on such research.

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