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US agency suspends clinical trials after contamination risk discovered

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:21pm

Two NIH facilities that manufacture products for use in patients have been shut down because of safety violations.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19793

Monkey teeth tell tale of ancient migration

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:21pm

Fossils found in the Panama Canal are the oldest evidence of monkeys in North America.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19777

Gene-editing research in human embryos gains momentum

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:21am

Experiments are now approved in Sweden, China and the United Kingdom.

Nature 532 289 doi: 10.1038/532289a

Cold truths at the top of the world

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 7:21pm

As it pursues independence, Greenland seeks to develop its economy without ruining one of Earth's last pristine places.

Nature 532 296 doi: 10.1038/532296a

UK government pulls back from rule ‘gagging’ researchers

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 1:21pm

Research-council grants will escape anti-lobbying crackdown, government confirms.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19775

GM crop planting declines for the first time

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 1:21pm

Total area sown with genetically modified plants fell 1% in 2015.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19766

Deadly animal prion disease appears in Europe

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:21pm

How brain disorder related to mad-cow disease spread to Norway is a mystery.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19759

North Korea lets scientists peer inside dangerous volcano

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 8:21am

Seismic images from an unprecedented international collaboration hint at future eruption hazards.

Nature 532 290 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19751

Synthetic biology tackles global antivenom shortage

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 4:21am

Lab-made antibodies could produce high-volume, high-quality snakebite treatments.

Nature 532 292 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19755

Brazilian law grants patients right to use untested cancer ‘drug’

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 5:21pm

But researchers warn that there is no real evidence that it actually works.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19756

Climate scientists focus on 1.5 degrees after Paris deal

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 1:21pm

IPCC agrees to examine consequences of modest levels of warming.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19758

Mutated mitochondria could hold back stem-cell therapies

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 12:21pm

Stem cells derived from older people may need to be screened before use in therapies.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19752

Multibillion-euro innovation hub slammed by auditors

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 12:21pm

Damning report blames failure to deliver on goals on management problems and funding issues.

Nature 532 291 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19753

Gene-edited CRISPR mushroom escapes US regulation

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 12:21pm

A fungus engineered with the CRISPR–Cas9 technique can be cultivated and sold without further oversight.

Nature 532 293 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19754

The week in science: 8–14 April 2016

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 11:21am

Human embryos made HIV-resistant; reusable rocket lands on ship; Pfizer calls off merger with Allergan.

Nature 532 152 doi: 10.1038/532152a

Origins of the obesity pandemic can be analysed

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 11:21am

Statistical and biological methods are available to probe why the prevalence of obesity has risen more in some countries than in others, says John Frank.

Nature 532 149 doi: 10.1038/532149a

Fears rise over yellow fever’s next move

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 10:21am

Scientists warn vaccine stocks would be overwhelmed in the event of large urban outbreaks.

Nature 532 155 doi: 10.1038/532155a

Human mind excels at quantum-physics computer game

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 9:21am

Revelation could have implications for how scientists approach quantum problems.

Nature 532 160 doi: 10.1038/532160a

Cocktails for cancer with a measure of immunotherapy

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 9:21am

The next frontier in cancer immunotherapy lies in combining it with other treatments. Scientists are trying to get the mix just right.

Nature 532 162 doi: 10.1038/532162a

Coral crisis: Great Barrier Reef bleaching is “the worst we’ve ever seen”

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 8:21am

Marine ecologist Terry Hughes talks about the ongoing bleaching of the world’s most famous coral reef.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19747