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Computational biologists are optimistic that the purchase of the world’s largest hub for open-source computer code will not affect the way they use GitHub for science.

The insects correctly ordered an absence of black dots as “less than” a group of black dots.

Almost half of all patents relating to the genes of marine organisms belong to one large international corporation, BASF, a new study reveals.  

Researchers find that conserving marsupials on a predator-free island dampens their avoidance behaviors, which could mean trouble for their reintroduction to mainland Australia.

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The UCLA researcher was lauded for figuring out how ATP synthase works.

A security researcher found the email addresses and encrypted passwords of more than 92 million users of the genealogy site on a private server outside the company.

They may be a prospective source for an influenza pandemic, researchers warn.  

The results suggest the virus could severely alter brain development in infants infected after birth, but blocking a signaling protein early on might ease certain symptoms.

Current Issue

June 2018

Issue Cover: Microbial Treasure

Identification of new archaea species elucidates the domain’s unique biology and sheds light on its relationship to eukaryotes.

The functions of the cellular invaginations identified more than half a century ago are now beginning to be understood in detail.

A step-by-step study of diseases that jump species gives subtle clues about future epidemics.

The IoT can link up many facets of research—from laboratory equipment to ideas—but scientists must be ready for the questions its implementation could raise.


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Blast off into orbit, where researchers on the International Space Station are growing plants in systems that may one day sustain astronauts traveling far across the solar system and beyond.

The discovery of copious new archaeal species is shedding light on the tree of life and revealing some unique cellular biology.

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Advanced Instruments—a leading developer of scientific and analytical instruments for the clinical, biopharmaceutical, and food-and-beverage industries—will feature the distinguished Dr. Robert Jerris at ASM Microbe 2018 on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 10:30am in booth 1610.

Limerick, PA. April 18, 2018 – Rockland Immunochemicals, Inc. announced today that Chief Science Officer, Dr. Carl Ascoli testified at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s third of six public session on Reproducibility and Replicability in Science on April 18th.

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A mass spectrometer analyzes molecules by determining the mass-to-charge ratio of ions. The ionization process requires careful consideration to ensure proper molecular separation without disintegration. Picking the right ionization option greatly extends the capabilities of mass spectrometry analysis and detection.

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb), a global leader of life science research and clinical diagnostic products, today announced the launch of a range of anti-idiotypic antibodies targeting the immune checkpoint inhibitor drugs: pembrolizumab (Keytruda) and nivolumab (Opdivo). 

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I remember watching GATTACA with some other grad students in the 90's, we liked it but laughed at the 'impossible' fast sequencing done to validate people's identities. Now we do seven impossible things before breakfast, so to speak.

Allison Mackay, commenting on The Scientist's story about a new, hand-held sequencer that can reportedly decode the entire human genome.

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