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Image of the Day: A-maize-ing!

By The Scientist Staff | May 3, 2018

By combining alleles involved in plant height, an agricultural scientist has grown the world’s tallest cornstalk, breaking his own record set in 2017.

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The agency says it has taken various steps to ensure the privacy of participants’ data. 

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Reprogrammed Cells Treat Diabetes in Mice

By Abby Olena | May 2, 2018

Researchers used a trio of transcription factors to transform pancreatic duct cells in vivo into β-like cells that secrete insulin and improve diabetes symptoms.

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Opinion: Microbial Mind Control—Truth or Scare?

By Katerina Johnson | May 1, 2018

Normal brain function may have evolved to depend on gut microbes and their metabolites.

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The CEO of a biomedical startup had made headlines this year when he injected himself with an untested herpes vaccine in front of an audience.

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Among the Amish, c. 1960s

By Diana Kwon | May 1, 2018

Victor McKusick’s pioneering investigations provided insight into hereditary disorders.

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Caught on Camera

By The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2018

Selected rare-disease Images of the Day from the-scientist.com

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Research suggests that the invasive, all-female Procambarus virginalis originated in a German aquarium back in the 1990s.

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image: Rare Disease Geneticist: A Profile of Uta Francke

Rare Disease Geneticist: A Profile of Uta Francke

By Anna Azvolinsky | May 1, 2018

The Stanford University human geneticist identified the genes and genomic abnormalities underlying numerous rare diseases, including Rett  syndrome, and advanced the field of molecular diagnostics. 

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The UCLA geneticist examines how defects in a histone protein lead to symptoms throughout the body.

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