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Paralyzed Man Moves Arm with Neuroprosthetic
Paralyzed Man Moves Arm with Neuroprosthetic
Jef Akst | Mar 30, 2017
Two chips implanted in a quadriplegic patient’s motor cortex and 36 electrodes in his right arm allow the man to control the movement of his right arm and hand.
<em>Aedes aegypti</em> Genome Assembled From Scratch
Aedes aegypti Genome Assembled From Scratch
Diana Kwon | Mar 26, 2017
Scientists use a new technique to piece together the mosquito’s full genome.
Canadian Researchers Disheartened Over Draft Budget
Canadian Researchers Disheartened Over Draft Budget
Bob Grant | Mar 26, 2017
Researchers in the country speak out as a second version of Canada’s national budget retains freezes spending at key science funding councils.
Should Healthy People Have Their Exomes Sequenced?
Should Healthy People Have Their Exomes Sequenced?
Ruth Williams | Mar 24, 2017
With its announced launch of a whole-exome sequencing service for apparently healthy individuals, Ambry Genetics is the latest company to enter this growing market. But whether these services are useful for most people remains up for debate.  
Nasser Zawia: An American Scientist Born in Yemen
Nasser Zawia: An American Scientist Born in Yemen
Bob Grant | Mar 23, 2017
The University of Rhode Island neurotoxicologist and dean came to the U.S. for college in the 1980s. 
Enzyme Required for Mitochondrial Genome Destruction
Enzyme Required for Mitochondrial Genome Destruction
Abby Olena | Mar 22, 2017
Mitochondrial DNA polymerase is necessary for the destruction of paternal mtDNA in fruit fly sperm, scientists show.
Consilience, Episode 2: In Tune
Consilience, Episode 2: In Tune
Ben Andrew Henry | Mar 21, 2017
Ben Henry delves into the still-unanswered questions of where our musical preferences come from and what makes synesthetes tick.
Oxford University to Study Marijuana
Oxford University to Study Marijuana
Kerry Grens | Mar 20, 2017
Academics partner with a biotech firm to investigate cannabinoids and develop potential therapeutics.
Singing Through Tone Deafness
Singing Through Tone Deafness
The Scientist Staff | Mar 16, 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.
Unstructured Proteins Help Tardigrades Survive Desiccation
Unstructured Proteins Help Tardigrades Survive Desiccation
Abby Olena | Mar 16, 2017
Proteins with unstable 3-D structures help the microscopic animals withstand drying.