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Divergent human lineages of North America intermingled before setting off to establish populations of Central and South America.  

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China’s Flowers, 1922-1949

By Ashley Yeager | June 1, 2018

Austrian-American botanist Joseph Rock collected thousands of plant samples in his 27 years in the Middle Kingdom, leaving after the Communist Party’s takeover.  

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Contributors

By Jim Daley | June 1, 2018

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

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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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Why Bats Make Such Good Viral Hosts

By Katarina Zimmer | June 1, 2018

The bat version of the STING protein helps dampen the mammals' immune response to infection, researchers have found.

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An entrepreneurial attitude helped this Vienna-based researcher begin to unravel the complex receptor network that Arabidopsis uses to  develop and defend itself.

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Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size

By Abby Olena | May 31, 2018

Three members of a gene family called NOTCH2NL may have been involved in the evolution of humans’ big cortex.

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Genetic adaptations for human brain development also make us vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.  

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Patent On Autism Genetic Test May Stifle Science

By Jessica Wright | May 30, 2018

LabCorp might be able to charge a licensing fee to any scientists who wish to sequence the gene HOMER1 in people who may have autism.

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Complications during pregnancy may act via the placenta to magnify the effects of genetic risk factors.

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