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Our Favorite Neuroscience Stories of 2021
From a Nobel prize and photosynthesis-powered brains to neurodegeneration research and controversy over a new Alzheimer’s drug, a look back at some of the biggest brain-related developments of the year.
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Our Favorite Neuroscience Stories of 2021
Our Favorite Neuroscience Stories of 2021

From a Nobel prize and photosynthesis-powered brains to neurodegeneration research and controversy over a new Alzheimer’s drug, a look back at some of the biggest brain-related developments of the year.

From a Nobel prize and photosynthesis-powered brains to neurodegeneration research and controversy over a new Alzheimer’s drug, a look back at some of the biggest brain-related developments of the year.

ABOVE: © MELANIE LEE; SUZAN ÖZUGUR AND HANS STRAKA; © NIKLAS ELMEHED © NOBEL PRIZE OUTREACH; DRAGAN MERIC; EDUARDO FERNÁNDEZ, MIGUEL HERNÁNDEZ UNIVERSITY

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The Scientist Editors’ Favorite Stories of 2021
The Scientist Staff | Dec 28, 2021
A look back at some of the articles we most enjoyed reading, writing, and editing this year
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Remembering Those We Lost in 2021
Lisa Winter | Dec 23, 2021
As the year draws to a close, we look back on researchers we bid farewell to, and the contributions they made to their respective fields.
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Our Favorite Genetics Stories of 2021
Christie Wilcox | Dec 23, 2021
Studies The Scientist covered this year illustrate the expanding importance of genetic and genomic research in all aspects of life science, from ecology to medicine.
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The Top Retractions of 2021
Retraction Watch | Dec 21, 2021
From Star Trek to ivermectin, we look back on some of the most notable about-faces in publishing this year.
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What We Learned About COVID-19 in 2021
Shawna Williams | Dec 16, 2021
As Omicron induces a sense of deja vu at the close of the year, we look back at a few key ways in which our understanding has moved forward.
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Our Favorite Cancer Stories of 2021
Amanda Heidt | Dec 9, 2021
This year revealed just how much scientists have learned about the disease, from how animals become naturally cancer-resistant to how tumor cells harness extracellular DNA to develop rapid drug resistance.
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Our Favorite Cell and Molecular Biology Stories of 2021
Jef Akst | Dec 2, 2021
Beyond The Scientist’s coverage of COVID-19’s molecular underpinnings were many other stories highlighting the advances made in scientists’ understanding of the biology of cells.
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The Biggest Science News of 2020
Kerry Grens | Dec 23, 2020
Neanderthal DNA surprises in modern humans, the first blood test for Alzheimer’s, a discovery of new human salivary glands, and, oh yeah, a pandemic
2020 in Scientists’ Own Words
Abby Olena | Dec 23, 2020
The world was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, but researchers rose to all manner of challenges.
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2020 in Pictures
Amanda Heidt | Dec 18, 2020
This year yielded stunning images of transparent human organs, apex predators, and the world’s response to the ongoing pandemic.
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Top Technical Advances of 2020
Shawna Williams | Dec 18, 2020
The pandemic spurred innovation in a variety of ways, from CRISPR-based diagnostics to cell biology benchwork at home.
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Those We Lost in 2020
Amanda Heidt | Dec 18, 2020
The scientific community bid farewell to researchers who furthered the fields of molecular biology, virology, sleep science, and immunology, among others.
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The Top Retractions of 2020
Retraction Watch | Dec 15, 2020
The Retraction Watch team takes a look at the most important publishing mistakes this year.
Editor’s Picks of The Scientist’s Best Infographics of 2020
Jef Akst | Dec 15, 2020
This year’s most captivating illustrations tell stories from the micro scale—such as newborn neurons in the adult brain and bacteria in the infant gut—to the scale of entire ecosystems, including reintroduced predators and rising seas.
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The Scientist’s 2020 Gift Guide
Amanda Heidt | Dec 3, 2020
We all deserve something nice this year.
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What to Expect in the Publishing World in 2020
Diana Kwon | Dec 31, 2019
Publishers’ efforts to reduce “leakage,” funder-driven open-access schemes, the growth of academic publishing in China, and more.
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2019 Was Big for Academic Publishing. Here’s Our Year in Review
Diana Kwon | Dec 27, 2019
Licensing negotiations between libraries and publishers continued, a radical open-access plan made changes, and the flaws of some publishing tools and techniques came to light.
Photos of the Year
Emily Makowski | Dec 26, 2019
From bubbling plants to endangered whales, here are some amazing images from The Scientist in 2019.
2019 in Quotes
Catherine Offord | Dec 23, 2019
Scientists speak up about landmark drug approvals, political and environmental activism, and the redefinition of death.