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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | February 1, 2015

Touch, The Altruistic Brain, Is Shame Necessary?, and Future Arctic

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Centennial Shigella

By Jef Akst | February 1, 2015

A strain of the dysentery-causing bacterium isolated in 1915 tells the story of a young soldier who died of the disease in the early days of World War I.

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It’s Over, Man

By Melvin Konner | February 1, 2015

The era of human male domination is ending. Will modern culture welcome the dawn of a new gender equality?

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Nibbled? No Problem

By Ashley P. Taylor | February 1, 2015

Making extra copies of their genomes allows some plants to better withstand damage.

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Speaking of Science

By The Scientist Staff | February 1, 2015

February 2015's selection of notable quotes

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Sonic Experiment

By Jef Akst | January 29, 2015

An artist takes advantage of muscle-mimicking polymers to manipulate sounds.

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Reducing Gene Therapy-Related Risk

By Kerry Grens | January 22, 2015

In a mouse model of a rare disease, scientists have figured out how to reduce the elevated cancer risk tied to a gene therapy treatment.

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GMO “Kill Switches”

By Kerry Grens | January 21, 2015

Scientists design bacteria reliant upon synthetic amino acids to contain genetically modified organisms.

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Fraction of SNPs Can Affect Fitness

By Kerry Grens | January 21, 2015

A point mutation analysis of the entire human genome finds that alterations to as many as 7.5 percent of nucleotides may have contributed to humans’ evolutionary split from chimpanzees.

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Tracking Tuberculosis Over Time

By Jenny Rood | January 19, 2015

Genomic analysis of a multidrug-resistant lineage pinpoints historical correlations with human events.

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