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In the 1920s, the Institute for Sexual Research in Berlin was a haven for queer people, many of whom came to the institute seeking to express their identities without fear of being imprisoned. This undated photo depicts a costume party at the institute; its founder, Magnus Hirschfeld (second from right, in glasses), can be seen holding hands with his partner, Karl Giese (center).
Trans Medicine, 1919
German physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld founded a revolutionary clinic where transgender people could receive gender-affirming care, but he left behind a complicated medical and scientific legacy.
Trans Medicine, 1919
Trans Medicine, 1919

German physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld founded a revolutionary clinic where transgender people could receive gender-affirming care, but he left behind a complicated medical and scientific legacy.

German physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld founded a revolutionary clinic where transgender people could receive gender-affirming care, but he left behind a complicated medical and scientific legacy.

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Spilling the Tea: Insect DNA Shows Up in World’s Top Beverage
Shawna Williams | Jun 14, 2022 | 5 min read
The Scientist speaks with Trier University’s Henrik Krehenwinkel, whose group recently detected traces of hundreds of arthropod species from a sample of dried plants—in this case, the contents of a tea bag.
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Walter Gratzer, Biophysical Chemist and Science Writer, Dies at 89
Chloe Tenn | Nov 23, 2021 | 2 min read
His career bridged impactful research in molecular biology and biochemistry with prolific science writing for academic and nonacademic audiences alike.
Ape Fossils Shed New Light on Evolution of Bipedalism
Catherine Offord | Nov 7, 2019 | 2 min read
The 12-million-year-old bones of a previously unknown species named Danuvius guggenmosi challenge the prevailing view about when and where our ancestors first started walking upright.
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German Lab Faces Criminal Charges After Undercover Investigation
Shawna Williams | Oct 16, 2019 | 2 min read
Video taken at the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology contract testing facility appears to show mistreatment of monkeys, dogs, and cats.
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Joachim Messing, Developer of Shotgun Sequencing, Dies
Shawna Williams | Oct 1, 2019 | 2 min read
In addition to his work on widely-used techniques, the researcher was known for engineering crop plants.
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Project DEAL in Germany Reaches Agreement with Springer Nature
Ashley P. Taylor | Aug 23, 2019 | 2 min read
Elsevier is now the only big scientific publisher that hasn’t struck a bargain with the German consortium of libraries and research institutions.
Germany Announces Continued Increases to Research Funding
Jef Akst | May 6, 2019 | 1 min read
State and federal ministers say they will pump up science budgets by 3 percent per year for the next decade, as they have done since 2006.
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As Elsevier Falters, Wiley Succeeds in Open-Access Deal Making
Diana Kwon | Mar 26, 2019 | 5 min read
The divergent strategies of scholarly publishers to forge licensing agreements with libraries are yielding different results.
US Government Shutdown’s Effects on Science Ripple Overseas
Catherine Offord | Jan 30, 2019 | 5 min read
From canceled conferences to delayed publications, fallout of the shutdown spread beyond US borders, prompting concerns about long-term damage to international collaboration.
German Institutions and Wiley Reach Open-Access Publishing Deal
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 16, 2019 | 2 min read
The three-year contract, in which all articles will be published as open access in exchange for an annual fee for journal subscriptions, is a triumph for Project DEAL.
Max Planck Society Ends Elsevier Subscription
Ashley P. Taylor | Dec 20, 2018 | 2 min read
The move is a show of support for Project DEAL and the open-access movement.
Universities in Germany and Sweden Lose Access to Elsevier Journals
Diana Kwon | Jul 19, 2018 | 3 min read
Consortia in both countries are pushing for open-access subscriptions with the publisher.
Sweden Cancels Agreement With Elsevier Over Open Access
Ashley Yeager | May 16, 2018 | 2 min read
A consortium of institutions will not renew its contract with the publisher that ends in June, following the lead of organizations in other countries.
Pinpointing the Origin of Marbled Crayfish Clones
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2018 | 5 min read
Research suggests that the invasive, all-female Procambarus virginalis originated in a German aquarium back in the 1990s.
Shoddy Preclinical Data Used in Clinical Trial Proposals
Kerry Grens | Apr 5, 2018 | 1 min read
Applications for Phase 1 and 2 human studies in Germany frequently lack sufficient information about an intervention’s efficacy in animal experiments, according to a new study.  
Nitrogen Dioxide Linked to Thousands of Premature Deaths in Germany
Diana Kwon | Mar 11, 2018 | 1 min read
The findings of an official report come a month after a German court ruled in favor of banning diesel cars.
German Scientists Resign from Elsevier Journals’ Editorial Boards
Diana Kwon | Oct 18, 2017 | 3 min read
These researchers join around 200 research institutions that have cut ties with the publishing giant to support the ongoing push for open access and favorable pricing.
Potential New German Coalition Government Likely to Clash on Energy
Diana Kwon | Sep 27, 2017 | 2 min read
After Sunday’s federal election, Chancellor Angela Merkel is faced with political parties that disagree on key scientific and environmental issues.
Image of the Day: Delayed Gratification
The Scientist Staff | Jul 7, 2017 | 1 min read
Eighty years ago, a Neanderthal femur dating back more than 120,000 years was recovered from a Southwestern Germany cave. Now, the ancient bone reveals new clues about the bedfellows of human ancestors. 
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