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Image of the Day: Long-Distance Messaging

By The Scientist Staff | April 7, 2017

After an inflammatory injury occurs in the brain, astrocytes release extracellular vesicles that travel to the liver and trigger an immune response.

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Octopus, cuttlefish, and squid extensively edit messenger RNAs in an evolutionarily conserved process. 

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Cross-Sample Sequencing Contamination Galore

By Ruth Williams | April 5, 2017

Scientists conducting a large-scale, comparative transcriptomics project have inadvertently highlighted widespread contamination in sequencing data.

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Mutations Linked to Secondary Cancers

By Jef Akst | April 4, 2017

Childhood cancer survivors with mutations in certain cancer-risk genes have a higher risk of developing additional neoplasms later in life, according to research presented at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting.

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At the annual American Association for Cancer Research meeting, researchers discuss the importance of understanding the epigenetic contributors to cancer progression and treatment response.

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CRISPR Screen Detects Functional Gene Regulation

By Abby Olena | April 3, 2017

A CRISPR-Cas9–based method probes the regulatory roles of noncoding DNA sequences.

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Cancer Genomes

By The Scientist Staff | April 1, 2017

April Scientist to Watch Angela Brooks of the University of California, Santa Cruz, discusses her search to find vulnerabilities buried within the genomes of cancer cells.

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Angela Brooks: Splicing Specialist

By Diana Kwon | April 1, 2017

At the University of California, Santa Cruz, the researcher combs the cancer genome, looking for weaknesses.

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Record-Setting Corn Grows 45 Feet Tall

By Jef Akst | April 1, 2017

A plant breeder succeeds in growing a huge maize plant thanks to a known mutation and a few environmental tricks.

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image: Paralyzed Man Moves Arm with Neuroprosthetic

Paralyzed Man Moves Arm with Neuroprosthetic

By Jef Akst | March 30, 2017

Two chips implanted in a quadriplegic patient’s motor cortex and 36 electrodes in his right arm allow the man to control the movement of his right arm and hand.

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