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Beyond Nature vs. Nurture

By Darlene Francis and Daniela Kaufer | October 1, 2011

Researchers studying differences in how individuals respond to stress are finding that genes are malleable and environments can be deterministic.

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Book Excerpt from Future Science: Essays From the Cutting Edge

By Darlene Francis and Daniela Kaufer | October 1, 2011

In an essay entitled "Nurture, Nature, and the Stress That is Life," neurobiologists Darlene Francis and Daniela Kaufer envision a future where science moves past the nature vs. nurture debate in considering differences in human behavioral responses to stress.

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Conserving Our Shared Heritage

By Thomas E. Lovejoy | October 1, 2011

Reversing catastrophic threats to our planet’s biodiversity is not optional: our lives depend on it.

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Data Deluge

By Megan Scudellari | October 1, 2011

Large-scale data collection and analysis have fundamentally altered the process and mind-set of biological research.

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Marauding Moths

By Jessica P. Johnson | October 1, 2011

Dried plant specimens reveal the origin of an insect pest that has spread throughout Europe.

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Tinkering With Life

By Jef Akst | October 1, 2011

A decade’s worth of engineering-infused biology

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Synthetic Biology

By J. Craig Venter, George M. Church, and Jef Akst | October 1, 2011

Learn about the field’s first genetic circuits and read forecasts by George M. Church and J. Craig Venter of a future where man-made organisms pump out novel fuels, drugs, and therapies.

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Biodiversity

By Thomas E. Lovejoy | October 1, 2011

Ecosystems are failing and extinction rates are soaring. Thomas E. Lovejoy and Edward O. Wilson weigh in on why cataloging existing species, discovering new ones, and maintaining a balanced and diverse global ecosystem are critical for ensuring a habitable environment for all.

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Seven New National Medal Winners

By Bob Grant | September 29, 2011

A handful of life science researchers will take home the United States' top science honor.

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Fish Affected by Trace Oil Pollution

By Sabrina Richards | September 28, 2011

Even highly diluted crude oil can impact fish in the marshes bordering the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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