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Japanese scientists call for boycott of military research

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 1:21pm

Academics protest over government's 'dual use' research programme — which received a big funding boost.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21779

Giant virus discovery sparks debate over tree of life

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 3:21pm

The Klosneuviruses contradict the theory that viruses make up a distinct domain of life, but not everyone is convinced.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21798

Initiative aims to break science’s citation paywall

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 2:21pm

Publishers agree to release proprietary data on references in millions of papers.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21800

23andMe given green light to sell DNA tests for 10 diseases

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 1:21pm

US Food and Drug Administration says firm can provide consumers with information on genetic risks.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21802

Brazilian budget woes, negative results and botany in the digital era

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 10:21am

The week in science: 31 March–6 April 2017.

Nature 544 10 doi: 10.1038/544010a

How the genomics revolution could finally help Africa

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 7:21am

New investments promise to get precision medicine and precision public health off the ground. But experts debate how much work needs to be done first.

Nature 544 20 doi: 10.1038/544020a

CRISPR studies muddy results of older gene research

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 5:21am

Scientists face tough decisions when the latest gene-editing findings don’t match up with the results of other techniques.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21763

Machine learning predicts the look of stem cells

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 3:21am

Website contains thousands of 3D stem cell images and could help with better understanding diseases like cancer.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21769

Label the limits of forensic science

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 5:21pm

This week marks a chance to curb the misuse of crime-scene evidence in US courts and spare innocent people from going to jail, says Robin Mejia.

Nature 544 7 doi: 10.1038/544007a

Compass protein attracts heap of criticism

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 7:21am

Debate grows over a molecule implicated in animal navigation.

Nature 544 16 doi: 10.1038/544016a

‘Young poo’ makes aged fish live longer

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 6:21am

The gut microbes of young killifish can extend the lifespans of older fish – hinting at the microbiome’s role in ageing.

Nature 544 147 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21770

Hunt for cancer 'tipping point' heats up

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 5:21pm

'Pre-cancer' genome atlas proposed to track tumours as they turn from benign to dangerous.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21759

Genetic details of controversial 'three-parent baby' revealed

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 1:21pm

But the child's parents have decided to forego long-term monitoring by researchers.

Nature 544 17 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21761

Brazilian scientists reeling as federal funds slashed by nearly half

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 5:21pm

After years of austerity, researchers fear that the latest dramatic cut will destroy the country's science.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21766

Tool for detecting publication bias goes under spotlight

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 5:21am

Funnel plots are a popular tool in spotting when scientists in a field leave out negative study results, but one researcher says the method is flawed.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21728

Ancient bones reveal girl's tough life in early Americas

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 6:21pm

Teenage mother who lived 12,000 years ago was malnourished but still roamed widely.

Nature 544 15 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21753

Space ravioli, nuclear explosions and a synthetic sun

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 1:21pm

March’s sharpest science shots, selected by Nature ’s photo team.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21754

Promising cancer drugs may speed tumours in some patients

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 10:21am

Early studies fuel scientists’ determination to understand how immunotherapy may sometimes make disease worse.

Nature 544 13 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21755

Tell Nature: Are you going to the March for Science?

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 8:21am

People are set to march in more than 420 cities on 22 April.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21756

It's not just you: science papers are getting harder to read

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 5:21pm

Papers from 2015 are a tougher read than some from the nineteenth century — and the problem isn't just about words, says Philip Ball.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21751