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This Week in Science – May 20, 2016

May 20, 2016


This week: New research overturns decades of science textbooks with the discovery of a mitochondria-less eukaryote, an expert panel redoubles the stance that genetically modified crops are safe to eat, and scientists identify a key neuronal activity as the causal link between memory loss and REM sleep.

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This Week in Science – May 13, 2016

May 13, 2016

Scientists successfully culture a 13-day-old human embryo for the first time, a new paper-based diagnostic test for Zika virus that uses RNA sensors and CRISPR technology is developed, and AACR kicks off National Cancer Research Month with "Real Hope Is" campaign and a plea for increased NIH funding.

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This Week in Science – May 6, 2016

May 6, 2016

This week in science, researchers plan to use stem cells to save the last three northern white rhinos from extinction, a study reveals a six-fold price jump in oral cancer medications in the past 15 years, and a genome-wide analysis reveals happiness genes.

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This Week in Science – April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016

This week in science, scientists create a “semantic system” map of the cerebral cortex, brainless slime that predates humans by 500 million years can “learn” to avoid toxic stimuli, and researchers decipher previously uninterpreted correspondence between brain regions.

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The Fight Against Cancer Will Take No Small Steps

April 27, 2016

Last week, as the American Association for Cancer Research's (AACR) Annual Meeting wound down in New Orleans, a new era in cancer research was just beginning. In the final moments of the meeting, during the "Highlights 2016: Vision for the Future" Plenary Session, Vice President Joe Biden spoke to the audience of global cancer investigators about the changes required to make the cancer "moonshot" a reality.

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This Week in Science – April 22, 2016

April 22, 2016

CRISPR DNA-editing with single-letter precision? A deep-learning AI giving ultrafast cancer screenings? An LED display implanted on your skin? This week in science, you’d be forgiven for asking what year it is!

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This Week in Science – April 15, 2016

April 15, 2016

The second study ever to edit human embryos with CRISPR just went public––elsewhere, research gained insight into the brain’s resting background activity, and why bacteria can’t grow any larger or smaller.

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This Week in Science – April 8, 2016

April 8, 2016

This week in science, humans made progress in understanding Alzheimers and detecting early cancer, while nature offered up a bacterial solution to plastic waste.

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This Week in Science – April 1, 2016

April 1, 2016

From the basic coding for life, to evolution, to your daily allergies, science made progress on questions both big and small this week.

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This Week in Science – March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016

Advances this week in science: CRISPR as a weapon against HIV, transplants that transmit allergies, and risk-taking rats.

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