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Blood Test Predicts Pregnancy Due Date

By Kerry Grens | June 7, 2018

A small study based on circulating RNA in the blood of moms-to-be describes a technique that could be used to help predict who’s most at risk of preterm labor.

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Dogs in Southern China Host Several Strains of Flu

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 6, 2018

They may be a prospective source for an influenza pandemic, researchers warn.  

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The results suggest the virus could severely alter brain development in infants infected after birth, but blocking a signaling protein early on might ease certain symptoms.

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Compared with their urban counterparts, babies and toddlers in rural Nigeria have gut microbiota that more closely resembles that of adults in their community.

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The paper’s authors say bias may nevertheless be present in other steps of the granting process.

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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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From Little Things Big Things Grow

By Bob Grant | June 1, 2018

We should take comfort in the fact that life on Earth had such unassuming, shared beginnings.

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The discovery of copious new archaeal species is shedding light on the tree of life and revealing some unique cellular biology.

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Infographic: Gassy Genes

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2018

Soil scientists get bacteria to report on what their neighbors are up to.

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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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