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Why I Had My Sense of Flavor Genotyped

By Bob Holmes | May 1, 2017

One person’s quest to get to the bottom of the unique way he experiences food

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By The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2017

Climate change, research funding, race, and much more

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From fish harvests to cottonwood forests, organisms display evidence that species change can occur on timescales that can influence ecological processes.

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Guppies transplanted between different communities in Trinidadian streams evolved in response to changes in predation threat in just a few generations.

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Migratory Eels Use Magnetoreception

By Kerry Grens | April 14, 2017

In laboratory experiments that simulated oceanic conditions, the fish responded to magnetic fields, a sensory input that may aid migration.

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In the middle of the 20th century, the National Cancer Institute began testing plant extracts for chemotherapeutic potential—helping to discover some drugs still in use today.

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By The Scientist Staff | April 1, 2017

Eugene Garfield, the cancer moonshot, employee genetic testing, and more

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San People Write Ethical Code for Research

By Jef Akst | March 21, 2017

With lifestyles similar to our hunter-gatherer ancestors, the San people of Southern Africa are popular study subjects.

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Singing Through Tone Deafness

By The Scientist Staff | March 17, 2017

Author Tim Falconer didn't take his congenital amusia lying down. With the help of neuroscientists and vocal coaches, he tried to teach himself to sing against all odds.

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How Bad Singing Landed Me in an MRI Machine

By Tim Falconer | March 1, 2017

One author's journey through the science of his congenital amusia

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