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Schizophrenia’s Jumping Genetics

By Jef Akst | January 6, 2014

Researchers find evidence that transposable elements, also known as jumping genes, may contribute to the development of the psychiatric disorder.

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Genome Update

By Tracy Vence | January 2, 2014

Scientists present the first major human genome assembly update since 2009.

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Bacterial Persisters

By Kerry Grens | January 1, 2014

A bacterial gene shuts down the cell's own protein synthesis, which sends the bacterium into dormancy and allows it to outlast antibiotics.

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Elder Pharmacology

By Nir Barzilai | January 1, 2014

Studying and treating the chronic diseases associated with aging needs serious revamping.

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Outwitting the Perfect Pathogen

By Megan Scudellari | January 1, 2014

Tuberculosis is exquisitely adapted to the human body. Researchers need a new game plan for beating it.

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Contributors

By Abby Olena and Tracy Vence | January 1, 2014

Meet some of the people featured in the January 2014 issue of The Scientist.

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The Bright Side of Prions

By Randal Halfmann | January 1, 2014

Associated with numerous neurological diseases, misfolded proteins may also play decisive roles in normal cellular functioning.  

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Top Scientists of 2013

By Tracy Vence | December 25, 2013

The Scientist commemorates prize-winning life scientists and remembers notable researchers who died this year.

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Week in Review: December 16–20

By Tracy Vence | December 20, 2013

Sex lives of early hominins; Amborella trichopoda genome; surface topography and stem cells; how HIV weakens immune cells; dogs, dust microbes, and mouse allergies; news from ASCB

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Flu Vaccine-Narcolepsy Link Explained?

By Jef Akst | December 20, 2013

A new study sheds light on why those who received GlaxoSmithKline’s flu vaccine were at an increased risk of developing the sleep disorder.

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