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Cancer Evolutionist: A Profile of Charles Swanton
Cancer Evolutionist: A Profile of Charles Swanton
Anna Azvolinsky | Apr 1, 2018
Motivated by his father’s cancer diagnosis, the Francis Crick Institute cancer geneticist has been revealing the ways tumors evolve and why they are so difficult to treat.
Perineuronal Nets: A Mechanism to Control Brain Plasticity
Perineuronal Nets: A Mechanism to Control Brain Plasticity
Daniela Carulli | Apr 1, 2018
The neuronal coverings that mediate synaptic changes are involved in everything from memory to psychiatric disorders, affecting autism, Alzheimer’s, and addiction.
Image of the Day: Pseudomonas Autophagy
Image of the Day: Pseudomonas Autophagy
The Scientist Staff | Mar 30, 2018
Researchers identify antibacterial functions of cell death in Arabidopsis when the plant is infected with Pseudomonas.  
Genetic Mutation Linked to Cot Death
Genetic Mutation Linked to Cot Death
Catherine Offord | Mar 29, 2018
Alterations to a protein involved in breathing may help explain some cases of sudden infant death syndrome, a study finds.
Scientists Reverse Their Controversial Findings of CRISPR's Off-Target Effects
Scientists Reverse Their Controversial Findings of CRISPR's Off-Target Effects
Diana Kwon | Mar 28, 2018
Last year, researchers claimed the gene-editing method had accuracy issues, but a new whole-genome sequencing analysis by the same team finds otherwise.
Merino Sheep Provide Clue to Curly Hair
Merino Sheep Provide Clue to Curly Hair
Catherine Offord | Mar 23, 2018
The cells on one side of each wool fiber are longer than the cells on the other, researchers find. 
Bees’ Molecular Responses to Neonicotinoids Determined
Bees’ Molecular Responses to Neonicotinoids Determined
Catherine Offord | Mar 22, 2018
Researchers pinpoint a protein that can metabolize at least one of the insecticides, highlighting a route to identifying compounds that are friendlier to the critical pollinators.
Image of the Day: Infection Imaging
Image of the Day: Infection Imaging
The Scientist Staff | Mar 22, 2018
A new technique could allow researchers to better understand bacteria-host interactions over the course of an infection.
Kathy Matthews, <em>Drosophila</em> Geneticist, Dies
Kathy Matthews, Drosophila Geneticist, Dies
Kerry Grens | Mar 20, 2018
For decades, Matthews led two important repositories for fruit fly research: the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center and FlyBase.  
Image of the Day: Nuclear Pore Complex
Image of the Day: Nuclear Pore Complex
The Scientist Staff | Mar 20, 2018
The structure has a stress-resilient architecture reminiscent of suspension bridges.