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Henrietta Lacks’s Family Seeks Compensation

By Kerry Grens | February 16, 2017

Family members of Lacks, the donor behind the widely used HeLa cell line, are planning to sue Johns Hopkins University.

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Pardis Sabeti: An American Scientist Born in Iran

By Bob Grant | February 9, 2017

When she entered the U.S. shortly before the Iranian revolution of 1979, the now 41-year-old geneticist was a refugee toddler. 

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Non-Chromosomal DNA Drives Tumor Evolution

By Anna Azvolinsky | February 8, 2017

Researchers discover that short pieces of DNA harboring oncogenes are relatively widespread in cancer.

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How Plants Evolved to Eat Meat

By Diana Kwon | February 7, 2017

Pitcher plants across different continents acquired their tastes for meat in similar ways.

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The Genetics of Human Height

By Jef Akst | February 2, 2017

Researchers can now explain more than a quarter of the variability in human stature.

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Researchers solve the mystery of 15-year-old mutant ferns with disrupted sex determination.

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Discovering Novel Antibiotics

By Sandeep Ravindran | February 1, 2017

Three methods identify and activate silent bacterial gene clusters to uncover new drugs

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From the Ground Up

By Anna Azvolinsky | February 1, 2017

Instrumental in launching Arabidopsis thaliana as a model system, Elliot Meyerowitz has since driven the use of computational modeling to study developmental biology.

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Science Your Plants!

By The Scientist Staff | February 1, 2017

CalTech researcher Elliot Meyerowitz describes how plant genetics influences growth and productivity.

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The plant Lophophytum pilfers mitochondrial genes from the species it parasitizes.

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