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Opinion: Biodiversity Loss Worsened by Extinguishing Animal Innovators
When species disappear, more than their genomes are lost. The potential for their creative innovation to benefit ecosystems vanishes as well.
Opinion: Biodiversity Loss Worsened by Extinguishing Animal Innovators
Opinion: Biodiversity Loss Worsened by Extinguishing Animal Innovators

When species disappear, more than their genomes are lost. The potential for their creative innovation to benefit ecosystems vanishes as well.

When species disappear, more than their genomes are lost. The potential for their creative innovation to benefit ecosystems vanishes as well.

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On the Trail of the Jackalope
Michael P. Branch | Feb 14, 2022 | 5 min read
How horned rabbits led the way to the HPV vaccine
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2,000-Year-Old Salmon DNA Reveals Secret to Sustainable Fisheries
Dan Robitzski | Nov 29, 2021 | 5 min read
Genomic analysis of ancient chum salmon bones and cultural knowledge from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation suggest that people in the Pacific Northwest managed fisheries for thousands of years by harvesting males and releasing females.
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An Optimized Culture Medium for Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with Bio-Techne | 2 min read
An animal component-free culture medium provides a safe and robust alternative for maintaining induced pluripotent stem cells.
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Deep Sea Microbes Produce Graphite-like Carbon
Chloe Tenn | Nov 11, 2021 | 2 min read
The first evidence of biologically produced elemental carbon inspires more questions than answers.  
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Genetic Risks for Depression Differ Between Ancestral Groups
Chloe Tenn | Oct 19, 2021 | 4 min read
A large genome-wide association study in East Asians uncovers novel genetic links to depression, calling attention to the consequences of underrepresentation of non-European groups in genetic research data.
Introducing Cell Culture Application-Specific Fetal Bovine Serum Products
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with MilliporeSigma | 2 min read
A cost-effective fetal bovine serum product line is tailored for individual cell culture needs.  
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Prominent Plant Geneticist Accused of Sexual Harassment
Amanda Heidt | Oct 1, 2021 | 4 min read
Female scientists in Mexico have filed at least four formal complaints alleging abuse by Jean-Philippe Vielle Calzada of the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity.
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One chimpanzee has its hand on the ear of another, as it peers onto the back of its neck. A third chimpanzee is in the background.
Chimp Groups Have Their Own Distinct “Handshakes”
Robin Donovan | Jun 18, 2021 | 4 min read
A 12-year study shows variation among primate groups in how the animals clasp hands during grooming, but consistency within them, even as group membership shifts over time.
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How STEM Can Be More Inclusive of Scientists with Disabilities
Amanda Heidt | Jun 7, 2021 | 4 min read
The culture of academia can make disabled scientists wary of disclosing their conditions or needs. Molecular biologist Justin Yerbury suggests how the system might become more inclusive. 
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Scientists Reconstruct Warrior Pharaoh’s Murder Using CT Scans
Stephenie Livingston | Feb 17, 2021 | 3 min read
A forensic investigation of Seqenenre Taa II’s traumatic injuries suggests he died with his hands tied behind his back, perhaps the end result of fighting to liberate his kingdom.
Why Fish Don’t Exist TS Book Club Discussion
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | Jan 28, 2021 | 1 min read
Join The Scientist on March 19 to discuss Lulu Miller’s book about a determined taxonomist whose life and work constitute a fable illustrating the hazards of categorization.
Opinion: Blowing the Whistle on Research Grant Fraud
Joseph Gentile | Jan 1, 2021 | 5 min read
Reporting cases of misconduct in the context of federal science funding can be a daunting task. But mechanisms to support whistleblowers do exist.
Book Excerpt from When Brains Dream
Robert Stickgold and Antonio Zadra | Dec 1, 2020 | 8 min read
Ferreting out the biological function of dreaming is a frontier in neuroscience.
Ten Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2020 | 3 min read
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Citations Are the Currency of Science
Sibrandes Poppema | Dec 1, 2020 | 4 min read
Then there are the counterfeiters.
Science Is My Copilot
Bob Grant | Dec 1, 2020 | 3 min read
As the world around us seems increasingly volatile, protecting and respecting the integrity of research and evidence becomes more important than ever.
Opinion: The Biological Function of Dreams
Robert Stickgold and Antonio Zadra | Dec 1, 2020 | 3 min read
The scenarios that run through our sleeping brains may help us explore possible solutions to concerns from our waking lives.
Transcendent Kingdom TS Book Club Discussion
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | Nov 26, 2020 | 1 min read
Join The Scientist on December 11 to discuss Yaa Gyasi’s sophomore novel, about a Stanford University neuroscience grad student navigating family issues, lab work, and her emerging identity.
Black in X Addresses Long-Standing Inequity in STEM
Lisa Winter | Nov 16, 2020 | 7 min read
In a year of racial tumult, Black scientists are uniting for visibility and action. 
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