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Shawn Douglas: DNA Programmer

By Andy Extance | July 1, 2015

Assistant professor, Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, University of California, San Francisco. Age: 34


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Next Generation: Smart Insulin Patch

By Amanda B. Keener | June 22, 2015

A microneedle patch automatically releases insulin in response to high glucose levels.

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Sperm From Ovaries

By Anna Azvolinsky | June 11, 2015

With the deletion of a single gene, female Japanese rice fish can produce sperm. 

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Casting a Small Net

By Amanda B. Keener | June 10, 2015

Scientists inject flexible, electronic mesh structures into mouse brains to track neurons in real time.


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Avian-Inspired Color

By Amanda B. Keener | May 26, 2015

By taking cues from bird feathers, scientists engineer nanoparticle structures that produce striking colors.


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Dino Snouts from Chicken Beaks

By Bob Grant | May 13, 2015

Researchers tweak gene expression in chicken embryos that may have been crucial to the evolutionary transition from dinosaur noses to bird bills.


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Viral Protector

By Jef Akst | April 21, 2015

A retrovirus embedded in the human genome may help protect embryos from other viruses, and influence fetal development.

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By Jenny Rood | April 1, 2015

Meet some of the people featured in the April 2015 issue of The Scientist.


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From Many, One

By Elena E. Giorgi | April 1, 2015

Diverse mammals, including humans, have been found to carry distinct genomes in their cells. What does such genetic chimerism mean for health and disease?


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Short, Strong Signals

By Ruth Williams | March 25, 2015

Methylation increases both the activity and instability of the signaling protein Notch.


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