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Contributors

By Molly Sharlach | January 1, 2015

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

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Performance Art

By Mary Beth Aberlin | January 1, 2015

Regulation of genome expression orchestrates the behavior of insect castes and the human response to social stress.

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Taming Bushmeat

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | January 1, 2015

Chinese farmers’ efforts at rearing wild animals may benefit conservation and reduce human health risks.

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Why, Oh Y?

By Jef Akst | January 1, 2015

A toothpick and a bit of chance shaped David Page’s career, which he has dedicated to understanding the mammalian Y chromosome and fetal germ cell development.

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The Genetics of Society

By Claire Asher and Seirian Sumner | January 1, 2015

Researchers aim to unravel the molecular mechanisms by which a single genotype gives rise to diverse castes in eusocial organisms.

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Unraveling H7N9’s History

By Kate Yandell | December 30, 2014

An analysis of stored samples shows that H7N9 precursor H9N2, a virus widespread in chickens, has shown increased fitness in recent years.

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Bats Make a Comeback

By Molly Sharlach | December 22, 2014

Citizen-scientist data obtained through the U.K.’s National Bat Monitoring Programme show that populations of 10 bat species have stabilized or are growing.

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Behavior Brief

By Molly Sharlach | December 18, 2014

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Iron-Ferrying Protein Impedes Pathogens

By Molly Sharlach | December 15, 2014

Meningitis-causing bacteria exerted strong evolutionary pressure on an iron-binding protein in primates, a study shows.

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Bird Genomes Abound

By Ruth Williams | December 11, 2014

Scientists complete the largest-ever comparative genomic study of birds.

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