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Image of the Day: Original Fin

By The Scientist Staff | April 2, 2018

Researchers identify the genetics underlying the development of dorsal fins in ancient fish.

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Mice treated with an immunostimulant had better outcomes when researchers blocked the expression of TNFR2, a compound that helps tumors evade immune attack.

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In the presence of cytosolic DNA, cancer cells activate antiviral pathways that disguise them as immune cells.

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Errors in segregation during cell division can lead to inflammation in daughter cells.

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Frogs Fight Back From Fungal Attack

By Ruth Williams | March 29, 2018

A decade after chytridiomycosis killed scores of amphibians in Panama, some species are recovering. New research indicates why.  

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The drugs’ disruption of the microbiome makes a subsequent flavivirus infection more severe.

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A study finds that the vaccine’s effects wear off as a person ages, suggesting a need for booster shots.

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DNA analysis gives clues to how the ancient hominin’s population split and how they interacted with modern humans.

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Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics

By Ruth Williams | March 15, 2018

A device dubbed the “mother machine” enables real-time observation of mutagenesis in single bacterial cells.  

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In an unusual evolutionary twist, local stick spiders have come up with an almost identical repertoire of color morphs in multiple locations.

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