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Opinion: The Promise and Plight of Open Data
Open science serves to make the research process more transparent. But we are still waiting to realize the fruits of open-data policies at scientific journals.
Opinion: The Promise and Plight of Open Data
Opinion: The Promise and Plight of Open Data

Open science serves to make the research process more transparent. But we are still waiting to realize the fruits of open-data policies at scientific journals.

Open science serves to make the research process more transparent. But we are still waiting to realize the fruits of open-data policies at scientific journals.

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Petunia’s Waxy Cuticle Regulates the Plant’s Sweet Smell
Ashley Yeager | Feb 1, 2021 | 3 min read
The thicker the flower petals’ cuticle, the more fragrance compounds the plant releases, according to a recent study.
How RNAs Called SINEUPs Upregulate Translation
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2021 | 2 min read
The recently discovered long noncoding RNAs seem to boost the production of specific proteins in the cell by interacting with RNA-binding proteins, researchers find.
Stress-Induced Chromosome Changes Protect Flies’ Aging Brains
Lisa Winter | Dec 1, 2020 | 2 min read
Brain cells in older Drosophila tend to have more than two complete sets of chromosomes, and that polyploidy most likely has a protective function, a study shows.
Immune Genes Protect Cells from Ebola Virus and SARS-CoV-2
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Dec 1, 2020 | 3 min read
A pathway involved in the adaptive immune system, a relative newcomer in the world of pathogen defense, may have a more ancient role in protecting cells from invading viruses.
Unearthed: World’s Oldest Animal Sperm—And It’s Giant
Max Kozlov | Dec 1, 2020 | 2 min read
The sperm, belonging to a tiny marine crustacean, dates back nearly 100 million years, making it the most ancient animal sperm found to date.
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Introducing The Scientist Social Club
Bob Grant | Jul 27, 2020 | 2 min read
Our first event is a book club for Sinclair Lewis’s 1925 classic novel Arrowsmith, which we’ll discuss with two prominent scholars during a webinar on September 25.
A Trick that Helps Horses and Cattle Avoid Metastatic Cancer
Shawna Williams | Apr 1, 2020 | 2 min read
Researchers find connective tissue has a crucial role to play in whether cancer cells metastasize.
CRISPR Quashes Cancer in Mice
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Apr 1, 2020 | 3 min read
Gene editing can knock out genes crucial to cervical tumor cells’ survival, researchers report.
Zika as Cancer Buster?
Amy Schleunes | Apr 1, 2020 | 2 min read
By infecting glioblastoma cells but not healthy brain tissue, some form of the virus could serve a therapeutic purpose.
Infographic: CRISPR’d Cancer
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Apr 1, 2020 | 1 min read
Researchers use a new way to deliver CRISPR/Cas9 to tumors in mice, wiping out the cancer.
Snappy Acronyms Generate Excitement for Science (SAGES)
Andy Tay | Feb 5, 2020 | 3 min read
Scientists see great value in catchy acronyms, so they get creative when it comes to naming new tools and techniques.
Viruses Mediate Interactions Between Bacteria and Sponges: Study
Catherine Offord | Jan 13, 2020 | 3 min read
A newly identified group of viruses may help suppress eukaryotes’ immune response and promote tolerance of endosymbiotic bacteria.
Mitochondria from Different Brain Cells Have Different Proteins
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2019 | 3 min read
Organelles isolated from two types of neurons and a nonneuronal astrocyte in the mouse cerebellum showed varying levels of proteins, hinting at functional differences.
Living Electrical Wires Plug into Worm Tubes for Stability
Nicoletta Lanese | Nov 1, 2019 | 3 min read
Cable bacteria can live in stirred-up sediments by associating with structures built by Chaetopterus variopedatus.
The Sea and the Science She Inspires
Bob Grant | Nov 1, 2019 | 3 min read
For centuries, painters and poets have looked to the ocean for insight. Researchers, too, have found their muse in the Earth’s salty realm.
Infographic: Plugged In
Nicoletta Lanese | Nov 1, 2019 | 1 min read
How bacterial filaments ferry electrons through marine sediment
The Biology of Suicidal Thoughts in PTSD Patients
Catherine Offord | Sep 1, 2019 | 2 min read
Researchers link levels of a receptor in the brain to suicidal ideation in people with post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Glioblastoma on a Chip
Jef Akst | Jul 15, 2019 | 3 min read
Researchers use 3-D printing technology to construct a brain cancer model that accurately recapitulated in vivo biology and predicted patient drug responses.
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Infographic: A 3-D Printed Brain Tumor
Jef Akst | Jul 15, 2019 | 1 min read
How researchers create a glioblastoma on a chip that can predict patients’ response to treatments
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