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The Importance of Plant Science

By The Scientist Staff | February 1, 2016

Meet February profilee Natasha Raikel and hear her explain why studying plant genetics is crucial.

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Holding Their Ground

By Amanda B. Keener | February 1, 2016

To protect the global food supply, scientists want to understand—and enhance—plants’ natural resistance to pathogens.

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Plant Immunity

By Amanda B. Keener | February 1, 2016

How plants fight off pathogens

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Jason Holliday: Tree Tracker

By Jef Akst | February 1, 2016

Associate Professor, Virginia Tech, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. Age: 37

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Surrogate Genes Enable Reproduction

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | January 28, 2016

Increasing the expression of two genes from non-Y chromosomes restores spermatogenesis in male mice that lack Y chromosomes.

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Schizophrenia and the Synapse

By Ruth Williams | January 27, 2016

Genetic evidence suggests that overactive synaptic pruning drives development of schizophrenia.

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Lizard Secretes Heat

By Bob Grant | January 25, 2016

Researchers confirm the unprecedented endothermic abilities of a South American reptile.

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More CRISPR Improvements

By Jef Akst | January 25, 2016

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, boost the CRISPR/Cas9 system’s gene-editing success rate in short pieces of DNA.

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Nutrient-Control for GM Bacteria

By Jef Akst | January 20, 2016

Genetically modified bacteria that don’t survive unless given an unnatural amino acid could serve as a new control measure to protect wild organisms and ecosystems against accidental release. 

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Another Role for ApoE?

By Ashley P. Taylor | January 20, 2016

Key Alzheimer’s disease–related protein may be a transcriptional regulator.

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