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Hormone Loss Prevents Obesity and Diabetes in Mice

By Abby Olena | November 6, 2017

Asprosin—involved in a rare disease called neonatal progeroid syndrome—targets neurons to stimulate appetite, and blocking the hormone wards off weight gain in rodents.

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The Genetic Strategies of Dealing with High Altitude

By Abby Olena | November 2, 2017

Andean highlander genomes possess cardiovascular-related variants, while populations from other regions evolved different solutions to manage the lack of oxygen.

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Opinion: How to Define Cell Type

By Sara B. Linker, Tracy A. Bedrosian, and Fred H. Gage | November 1, 2017

Advances in single-cell technologies have revealed vast differences between cells once thought to be in the same category, calling into question how we define cell type in the first place.

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Contributors

By Jef Akst and Bob Grant | November 1, 2017

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

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Infographic: Understanding Our Diverse Brain

By Sara B. Linker, Tracy A. Bedrosian, and Fred H. Gage | November 1, 2017

Recent advances in single-cell omics and other techniques are revealing variation at genomic, epigenomic, transcriptomic, and posttranscriptomic levels.

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Lessons in Memory from a Champ

By Jef Akst | November 1, 2017

A four-time winner of the USA Memory Championship is helping scientists understand how the brain works.

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Advancing Techniques Reveal the Brain’s Impressive Diversity

By Sara B. Linker, Tracy A. Bedrosian, and Fred H. Gage | November 1, 2017

No two neurons are alike. What does that mean for brain function?

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With the arrival of a new class of single-nucleotide editors, researchers can target the most common type of pathogenic SNP in humans.

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RNA Editing Possible with CRISPR-Cas13

By Ruth Williams | October 25, 2017

Scientists extend the capabilities of the CRISPR-Cas system to include precise manipulations of RNA sequences in human cells.

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Genetic Risk Factors for Breast Cancer Identified

By Ashley P. Taylor | October 23, 2017

Researchers identify 72 novel genetic variants associated with breast cancer risk.

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