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Determining which products of advanced biotechnology are deserving of legal protections is essential to our own social architecture.

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The finding confirms that a cluster of cells that directs the fate of other cells in the developing embryo is evolutionarily conserved across the animal kingdom.

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Opinion: We Must Demand Evidence of Peer Review

By Nikolai Slavov | May 21, 2018

Peer review varies in quality and thoroughness. Making it publicly available could improve it.

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Opinion: How We Found a New Way to Detect “Hidden Sharks”

By Stefano Mariani and Judith Bakker | May 7, 2018

Given the speed and efficiency of environmental (eDNA) sampling, a much larger portion of the sea can be screened, in a shorter time, for patterns of diversity.

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The agency says it has taken various steps to ensure the privacy of participants’ data. 

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The extracellular matrix appears to inhibit regeneration; but scientists debate whether heart muscle really comes back.  

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Image of the Day: Swiss Army Crustacean

By The Scientist Staff | May 2, 2018

The tools researchers used to study how this amphipod’s limbs develop could help inform our understanding of cell lineages and fates.

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Opinion: Microbial Mind Control—Truth or Scare?

By Katerina Johnson | May 1, 2018

Normal brain function may have evolved to depend on gut microbes and their metabolites.

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Book Excerpt from The Power of Rare

By Victoria Jackson and Michael Yeaman | May 1, 2018

In chapter 4, “Building a Cure Machine,” author Victoria Jackson reveals the challenges in launching a foundation focused on funding research on a rare disease.

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Researchers stumbled across the connection while searching for ways to reduce vision problems in people with achromatopsia.

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