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In an unusual evolutionary twist, local stick spiders have come up with an almost identical repertoire of color morphs in multiple locations.

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The agency gave personal genomics company 23andMe the green light to screen samples for breast cancer–related genetic mutations.

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Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia

By Catherine Offord | March 6, 2018

A whole-genome analysis of people who experience color when they listen to sounds points to a handful of genes involved in neural development.

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EPA’s Scott Pruitt Doesn’t Buy Evolution

By Kerry Grens | March 5, 2018

In audio files from 2005, the future Administrator of the EPA said there’s a lack of “sufficient scientific facts” to back the theory.

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Two large-scale studies reveal new insights into the genomic characteristics of childhood cancers.

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New Methods to Detect CRISPR Off-Target Mutations

By Sandeep Ravindran | March 1, 2018

Researchers have developed a variety of techniques to detect when CRISPR misses the mark.

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Paleoproteomics Opens a Window into the Past

By Catherine Offord | March 1, 2018

Researchers are looking to proteins to explore the biology of ancient organisms, from medieval humans all the way back to dinosaurs.

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The variation may help explain why stocked salmon don’t fare as well in the ocean.

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Ten-Minute Sabbatical

By The Scientist Staff | March 1, 2018

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

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Including microbiome composition in predictions of whether a person is obese can significantly improve their accuracy, according to an analysis.

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