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Infographic: Repurposing Strategies

By Anna Azvolinsky | January 1, 2017

Novel uses for existing and failed drugs may save companies time and money in bringing new therapeutics to market.

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Life Science Controversies of 2016

By Jef Akst, Bob Grant, and Tracy Vence | December 23, 2016

This year, the developers of CRISPR gene-editing technology argued over patent rights, a researcher fought to unmask anonymous PubPeer commenters, US regulators considered “three-parent” babies, and troubles continued for Theranos.

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Opinion: A Tale of Two Hemispheres

By Laurence O’Dwyer | December 20, 2016

Studying savant-like behaviors in birds could help researchers better understand autism spectrum disorders.

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Pregnancy May Remodel the Brain’s Social Cognition Regions

By Ben Andrew Henry | December 20, 2016

Reductions in the volume of gray matter in specific regions appear to represent synaptic pruning, a new study suggests, that tunes a mother’s brain to childcare.

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Mouse Immunology Paper Retracted

By Jef Akst | December 16, 2016

A finding of misconduct spurs the retraction of a Science paper claiming to have identified a protein in mice that boosted immunity to both viruses and cancer.

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Video: Patent Battle Over CRISPR Gene Editing

By Jef Akst | December 13, 2016

The Scientist goes to court for a CRISPR patent interference case at the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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New Developments in CRISPR Patent Case

By Jef Akst | December 12, 2016

Documents suggest Feng Zhang started working on CRISPR before Jennifer Doudna’s group published; researchers call for CRISPR technology to be shared openly

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CRISPR Oral Arguments Recap, Cont’d

By Jef Akst | December 8, 2016

This week’s CRISPR patent hearing took a deep dive into the science of moving the gene-editing technology from prokaryotes to eukaryotic systems.

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USPTO to Hear Arguments on CRISPR Patents

By Jef Akst | December 5, 2016

Tuesday morning, the US Patent and Trademark Office will hear oral arguments from the two parties that claim to have been the first to use CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology in eukaryotic cells.

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Naive T Cells Find Homes in Lymphoid Tissue

By Karen Zusi | December 2, 2016

The human lymph nodes and spleen maintain unique, compartmentalized sets of naive T cells well into old age.

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