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Stem Cells Phone Home

By Jef Akst | February 26, 2015

A screen of 9,000 small molecules identifies a treatment that improves the targeting of mesenchymal stem cells to sites of damaged tissue.

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Marine Life Trending Larger

By Bob Grant | February 23, 2015

Ocean animals have been getting bigger over the millennia, according to an analysis of thousands of genera that have plied Earth’s seas since the Cambrian Period.


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The Dark Side of Melanin

By Anna Azvolinsky | February 19, 2015

Researchers uncover a previously unknown way UV light can act on melanin, spurring cancer-causing mutations hours after sun exposure.


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Two New Jurassic Mammals Found

By Bob Grant | February 13, 2015

Researchers working in China have unearthed the fossil remains of two diminutive mammals that speak volumes about faunal diversity during the Jurassic Period.


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Finch Findings

By Jenny Rood | February 12, 2015

Full genomes of Darwin’s Galápagos finches reveal a critical gene for beak shape and three overlooked species.

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Signs of Sleep Deprivation in the Blood

By Bob Grant | February 11, 2015

Circulating fats and acids drop in people and rats that aren’t getting enough sleep.

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Trapped in Time

By Jenny Rood | February 10, 2015

Ancient sulfur-eating deep-sea bacteria closely resemble modern variants, suggesting evolution may not occur in static environments.

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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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By Molly Sharlach and Jenny Rood | February 1, 2015

Meet some of the people featured in the February 2015 issue of The Scientist.


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How Transposons Shaped Pregnancy

By Kate Yandell | January 29, 2015

A mass migration of mobile regulatory elements increased the expression of thousands of genes in the uterus during the evolution of pregnancy.

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