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The switch from maternal factors involves dynamic reprogramming of the zygotic genome.

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New technologies reveal the dynamic changes in mouse and human embryos during the first week after fertilization.

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The Rising Research Profile of 23andMe

By Catherine Offord | December 1, 2017

An exploration of the genetics of earlobe attachment is just the latest collaborative research project to come out of the personal genetic testing company.

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Six-Letter DNA Alphabet Produces Proteins in Cells

By Ruth Williams | November 29, 2017

Transcription and translation of DNA containing synthetic base pairs becomes a reality in living cells.

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image: Image of the Day: Cell Dance 

Image of the Day: Cell Dance 

By The Scientist Staff | November 24, 2017

Scientists develop a micropatterning device to study cell behavior. 

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image: Man Receives First In Vivo Gene-Editing Therapy

Man Receives First In Vivo Gene-Editing Therapy

By Kerry Grens | November 15, 2017

The 44-year-old patient has Hunter syndrome, which doctors hope to treat using zinc finger nucleases.

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image: Child Receives Transgenic Skin Over Most of His Body

Child Receives Transgenic Skin Over Most of His Body

By Ruth Williams | November 8, 2017

A combination gene-and-cell therapy has given a boy with a grievous skin disease a new lease on life, and has resolved a dermatology debate to boot.

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Image of the Day: Guess Whose Leg  

By The Scientist Staff | November 8, 2017

Scientists have developed a computer tomography device capable of visualizing objects at nanoscale. 

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image: Hormone Loss Prevents Obesity and Diabetes in Mice

Hormone Loss Prevents Obesity and Diabetes in Mice

By Abby Olena | November 6, 2017

Asprosin—involved in a rare disease called neonatal progeroid syndrome—targets neurons to stimulate appetite, and blocking the hormone wards off weight gain in rodents.

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image: Image of the Day: Malaria Hologram

Image of the Day: Malaria Hologram

By The Scientist Staff | November 5, 2017

Optical engineers have developed a portable field microscope that could aid the diagnosis of diseased cells.

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