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Do Brighter Species’ Brains Emit Redder Light?

By Alison F. Takemura | October 1, 2016

Photon emissions in the brain are red-shifted in more-intelligent species, though scientists dispute what that means.

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Protozoans Found With No Dedicated Stop Codons

By Karen Zusi | October 1, 2016

Some ciliates use the same trio of nucleotides to code for an amino acid and to stop translation.

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Science History: The First Transgenic Arabidopsis

By Kerry Grens | October 1, 2016

Tweaks to a transformation protocol in 1986 cemented the little plant's mighty role in plant genetics research.

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Some Human Cancers Exhibit Low-grade Inflammation

By Alison F. Takemura | October 1, 2016

NSAIDs reduce this "parainflammation," hinting at how they help lower cancer risk.

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Techniques for Assessing Genomic Copy Number Variations

By Sarah C.P. Williams | October 1, 2016

As the importance of genomic copy number variations for health and disease becomes clearer, researchers are creating new ways to detect these changes in the genome.

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DNA Sequencing: From Tedious to Automatic

By Catherine Offord | October 1, 2016

Sequencing has gone from a laborious manual task costing thousands of dollars to a quick and cheap practice that is standard for many laboratories.

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New and Old Techniques in Modern Neuroscience

By Alison F. Takemura | October 1, 2016

Imaging and manipulating the brain has come a long way from electrodes and the patch clamp, though such traditional tools remain essential.

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Scientists Catch Translation in the Act

By Ruth Williams | October 1, 2016

Newly developed techniques from four different groups rely on the same basic steps to track translation in live cells.

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Thirty Years of Progress

By The Scientist Staff | October 1, 2016

Since The Scientist published its first issue in October 1986, life-science research has transformed from a manual and often tedious task to a high-tech, largely automated process of unprecedented efficiency.

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Bacteria and Humans Have Been Swapping DNA for Millennia

By Kelly Robinson and Julie Dunning Hotopp | October 1, 2016

Bacteria inhabit most tissues in the human body, and genes from some of these microbes have made their way to the human genome. Could this genetic transfer contribute to diseases such as cancer?

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