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Gigantic “Tree Lobsters” Not Extinct After All

By | October 9, 2017

Researchers identify the Lord Howe Island stick insect on the remains of a large volcano in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand.

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Image of the Day: Fragile Brain

By | October 3, 2017

In Fragile X syndrome—a genetic mishap that results in cognitive delays—the lack of a translation-repressing protein leads to the rampant accumulation of other proteins in the mouse brain.

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Image of the Day: A Shrimp and a Cockroach

By | October 2, 2017

In the mantis shrimp brain, scientists uncover mushroom bodies—learning and memory structures typically found in the brains of insects. 

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Researchers explore genetic engineering to produce super-tough fibers.

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Contributors

By | October 1, 2017

Meet some of the people featured in the October 2017 issue of The Scientist.

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Damage Patroller

By | October 1, 2017

Stephen Elledge has built a career studying how eukaryotic cells maintain genomic integrity.

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The 38-year-old synthetic biologist comes from a long line of tinkerers and engineers.

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Live Cell Extractions

By | October 1, 2017

Nanostraws that collect specimens from cells without killing them allow for repeated sampling.

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Microglia Turnover in the Human Brain

By | October 1, 2017

Researchers find that about a quarter of the immune cells are replaced every year.

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Pauses may help cells fine-tune gene expression.

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