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AAAAA Is for Arrested Translation
AAAAA Is for Arrested Translation
Ruth Williams | Jul 24, 2015
Multiple consecutive adenosine nucleotides can cause protein translation machinery to stall on messenger RNAs.
The First Americans
The First Americans
Bob Grant | Jul 23, 2015
Two genetic studies seeking to determine how people first migrated to North and South America yield different results.
Antibiotic Resistance Can Boost Bacterial Fitness
Antibiotic Resistance Can Boost Bacterial Fitness
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 22, 2015
In some pathogenic bacteria, certain antibiotic resistance–associated mutations may also confer an unexpected growth advantage.
Underground Immunity
Underground Immunity
Kara Manke | Jul 16, 2015
Arabidopsis thaliana defense hormones shape the plant’s root microbiome. 
Toward Blood-based Cancer Detection
Toward Blood-based Cancer Detection
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 7, 2015
Circulating tumor cells, exosomes, and DNA can improve the diagnosis of many cancers. But are liquid biopsies ready for prime time?
CF Gene Therapy Shows Promise
CF Gene Therapy Shows Promise
Jef Akst | Jul 6, 2015
The results of a Phase 2 trial suggest that delivering normal copies of the gene that causes cystic fibrosis may slow lung decline.
Police Sketches Via DNA
Police Sketches Via DNA
Kerry Grens | Jul 1, 2015
For assistance in solving crimes, a company has developed a service that will construct a face based on a genetic sample.
Book Excerpt from <em>Faith vs. Fact</em>
Book Excerpt from Faith vs. Fact
Jerry A. Coyne | Jul 1, 2015
In Chapter 1, “The Problem,” author Jerry Coyne sets the historical stage for his suggestion that science and religion are not compatible and never will be.
Gutless Worm
Gutless Worm
The Scientist Staff | Jul 1, 2015
Meet the digestive tract–lacking oligochaete that has fueled Max Planck researcher Nicole Dubilier’s interest in symbiosis and marine science.
The War Rages On
The War Rages On
Jerry A. Coyne | Jul 1, 2015
Conflict between science and religion continues, with effects on health, politics, and the environment.