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CRISPR Used in Human Embryos to Probe Gene Function

By Ashley P. Taylor | September 20, 2017

OCT4 is necessary for blastocyst formation in the human embryo, researchers report.

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Researchers recommend greater conservation efforts toward non-mammals and small creatures.

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Second Chance for Lost Galapagos Tortoises?

By Bob Grant | September 14, 2017

Researchers are trying to recreate an extinct species of the lumbering reptiles by breeding closely related species that contain traces of the lost lineage’s DNA.

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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 Catherine Offord | 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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image: Bees Live the City Life in Detroit

Bees Live the City Life in Detroit

By Catherine Offord | September 1, 2017

Important pollinators under threat from habitat destruction, bumblebees may find refuge on vacant land throughout Michigan’s largest metropolis.

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City Bees

By The Scientist Staff | September 1, 2017

See the urban landscapes in Detroit where researchers are studying the fates of pollinators that adopt a metropolitan lifestyle.

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image: Opinion: The Flood Reduction Benefits of Wetlands

Opinion: The Flood Reduction Benefits of Wetlands

By Michael W. Beck and Siddharth Narayan | August 31, 2017

Conservationists and the insurance industry team up to model the economic benefits of marshes during hurricanes.

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Researchers Advised to Remove Climate Change Language

By Catherine Offord | August 29, 2017

The Department of Energy requested that scientists reword grant proposals to be more in line with the White House’s agenda on climate research.

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image: Biologists Will Be Listening to the Eclipse

Biologists Will Be Listening to the Eclipse

By Kerry Grens | August 18, 2017

At 100 sites around North America, field recorders are set to record natures’ response to the blotting out of the sun on Monday.

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