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Cell Transplant Trial for Spinal Injury Is Safe

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2018

The first human experiment with neural precursor cells implanted to treat chronic spinal cord injury suggests the procedure is safe, and hints at a small benefit.  

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Divergent human lineages of North America intermingled before setting off to establish populations of Central and South America.  

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Image of the Day: Cuddle Buddies

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 1, 2018

Researchers studying macaques in Morocco find that socialization improves the monkeys’ odds of surviving the winter. 

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Contributors

By Jim Daley | June 1, 2018

Meet some of the people featured in the June 2018 issue of The Scientist.

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From Little Things Big Things Grow

By Bob Grant | June 1, 2018

We should take comfort in the fact that life on Earth had such unassuming, shared beginnings.

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Incomplete Immunity

By Jim Daley | June 1, 2018

By combining experimental data with computer models, researchers were able to predict a pathogen’s evolution toward more virulence.

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The discovery of copious new archaeal species is shedding light on the tree of life and revealing some unique cellular biology.

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Understanding the factors that influence spillover could help forecast future epidemics.  

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Opinion: Archaea Is Our Evolutionary Sister, Not Mother

By Patrick Forterre, Violette Da Cunha, and Morgan Gaia | June 1, 2018

The ancient organisms appear to be more closely related to eukaryotes than previously appreciated.

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Archaea Family Tree Blossoms, Thanks to Genomics

By Amber Dance | June 1, 2018

Identification of new archaea species elucidates the domain’s unique biology and sheds light on its relationship to eukaryotes.

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