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US reviews plan to infect mosquitoes with bacteria to stop disease

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 9:21am

Biotech firm seeks government approval to market mosquitoes as a pesticide to prevent spread of Zika and dengue viruses.

Nature 533 450 doi: 10.1038/533450a

Poverty linked to epigenetic changes and mental illness

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 7:21am

Impoverished adolescents acquire DNA marks, brain changes and depression over time.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19972

The secret history of ancient toilets

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 7:21am

By scouring the remains of early loos and sewers, archaeologists are finding clues to what life was like in the Roman world and in other civilizations.

Nature 533 456 doi: 10.1038/533456a

Why women earn less: Just two factors explain post-PhD pay gap

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:21pm

Study of 1,200 US graduates suggests family and choice of doctoral field dents women's earnings.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19950

Myriad Genetics embroiled in breast-cancer data fight — again

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 1:21pm

Complaint to US government alleges that diagnostics company violated individuals' right to access health information.

Nature 533 449 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19953

US government issues historic $3.5-million fine over animal welfare

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 3:21pm

Antibody provider Santa Cruz Biotechnology settles with government after complaints about treatment of goats.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19958

Light-controlled genes and neurons poised for clinical trials

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 2:21pm

As a human trial of optogenetics for retinal diseases begins, researchers eye other applications.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19886

Giant tsunamis washed over ancient Mars

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 1:21pm

Meteorite impacts triggered enormous waves in now-vanished ocean.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19916

Three-person embryos may fail to vanquish mutant mitochondria

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:21am

Technique to stop children inheriting mitochondrial diseases has potential to backfire.

Nature 533 445 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19948

Winners and losers emerge in UK funding shake-up

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 10:21am

Government's 'global challenges' fund hoovers up extra cash for developing-world problems, cutting grants elsewhere.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19951

US law could increase postdoc pay — and shake up research system

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 10:21am

Labour law will change how many postdocs — long a troubled segment of the US research hierarchy — are paid.

Nature 533 450 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19949

Protective gene offers hope for next blockbuster heart drug

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 6:21am

Rare genetic variant in Icelanders lowers risk of heart attack by more than one-third.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19952

The week in science: 13–19 May 2016

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 5:21am

Costs of climate adaptation soar; Mexican porpoise close to extinction; and overhaul for UK science funding.

Nature 533 296 doi: 10.1038/533296a

Gridlock over Italy’s olive tree deaths starts to ease

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 1:21am

A court ruling paves the way for disease-containment measures, but the risk of spread to other regions and nations remains.

Nature 533 299 doi: 10.1038/533299a

Bankruptcy filing worries developers of nanoparticle cancer drugs

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 5:21pm

Financial woes of leading biotech firm highlight challenges of developing innovative therapies.

Nature 533 304 doi: 10.1038/533304a

Boaty McBoatfleet: British ship joins wave of rugged polar vessels

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 5:21pm

Ice-going vessels like Britain’s RRS Sir David Attenborough — named Boaty McBoatface by the Internet — are being built across the world.

Nature 533 302 doi: 10.1038/533302a

Mixed-up metals make for stronger, tougher, stretchier alloys

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:21am

Materials scientists are creating next-generation mixtures with remarkable properties.

Nature 533 306 doi: 10.1038/533306a

The race to create super-crops

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 8:21am

Old-fashioned breeding techniques are bearing more fruit than genetic engineering in developing hyper-efficient plants.

Nature 533 308 doi: 10.1038/533308a

Australian climate job cuts leave hole in Southern Hemisphere research

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:21pm

Details of redundancies at CSIRO alarm global climate community.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19944

Hundreds of antibiotics built from scratch

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 1:21pm

Chemists generate variations on erythromycin in ‘daring’ synthesis.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19946