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Immunotherapy Drug Shows Promise for Melanoma, Lung Cancer

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 4, 2018

Merck’s Keytruda extended the lives of lung cancer patients by several months and appeared to stop the progression of advanced melanoma.  

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Cell Transplant Trial for Spinal Injury Is Safe

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2018

The first human experiment with neural precursor cells implanted to treat chronic spinal cord injury suggests the procedure is safe, and hints at a small benefit.  

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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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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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Understanding the factors that influence spillover could help forecast future epidemics.  

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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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Predicting Future Zoonotic Disease Outbreaks

By Ashley Yeager | June 1, 2018

A step-by-step study of diseases that jump species gives subtle clues about future epidemics.

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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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