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Daring deep-sea explorers, armyworm offensive and GM-rice theft

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 2:21pm

The week in science: 17–23 February 2017.

Nature 542 396 doi: 10.1038/542396a

An epigenetics gold rush: new controls for gene expression

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 2:21pm

How rediscovered chemical tags on DNA and RNA are shaking up the field.

Nature 542 406 doi: 10.1038/542406a

Inside the Chinese lab poised to study world's most dangerous pathogens

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 12:21pm

Maximum-security biolab is part of plan to build network of BSL-4 facilities across China.

Nature 542 399 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21487

These seven alien worlds could help explain how planets form

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 11:21am

The Earth-sized astronomical bounty circles a dim star that flew under the radar of exoplanet researchers.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21512

Why British universities are unlikely to accept invitation to set up campuses in France

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 5:21am

Paris consortium hopes to lure UK institutions with promise of access to European research funds after Brexit.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21519

Life expectancy set to hit 90 in South Korea

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 3:21am

By 2030, nation’s girls can expect to live to 91, says statistical analysis.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21535

Energy scientists must show their workings

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 1:21pm

Public trust demands greater openness from those whose research is used to set policy, argues Stefan Pfenninger.

Nature 542 393 doi: 10.1038/542393a

Giant crack in Antarctic ice shelf spotlights advances in glaciology

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 10:21am

Rift through Larsen C ice shelf has grown to 175 kilometres, and collapse of nearby ice shelves could offer a glimpse of its future.

Nature 542 402 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21507

The race to map the human body — one cell at a time

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 6:21am

A host of detailed cell atlases could revolutionize understanding of cancer and other diseases.

Nature 542 404 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21508

Delay in hiring science advisers intensifies Brexit worries

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 4:21am

Policy experts want scientists at the table when government decides on environmental protection and membership of international collaborations.

Nature 542 403 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21511

Why the CRISPR patent verdict isn’t the end of the story

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 4:21am

From legal challenges to ongoing experimentation, the story of who owns the rights to CRISPR–Cas9 gene editing is still being written.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21510

Collapse of Aztec society linked to catastrophic salmonella outbreak

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 11:21am

DNA of 500-year-old bacteria is first direct evidence of an epidemic — one of humanity's deadliest — that occurred after Spanish conquest.

Nature 542 404 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21485

Geologists spy an eighth continent: Zealandia

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 6:21am

This mostly submerged world should be recognized alongside Africa, Australia and others, argue some researchers.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21503

Ocean meadows scrub seawater of harmful bacteria

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:21pm

Seagrasses keep waterborne pathogens in check, potentially benefiting people and coral reefs.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21504

Ebola funding surge hides falling investment in other neglected diseases

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 1:21pm

Global research funds for these illnesses are at their lowest levels for a decade, when cash for West Africa epidemic is excluded.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21505

Human gene editing, a letter to President Trump and a no to homeopathy

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 2:21pm

The week in science: 10–16 February 2017.

Nature 542 276 doi: 10.1038/542276a

The Turkish paradox: Can scientists thrive in a state of emergency?

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 2:21pm

Political upheaval threatens Turkey’s ambitious plans for research and development.

Nature 542 286 doi: 10.1038/542286a

Brain scans spot early signs of autism in high-risk babies

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 10:21am

Experts say replication is needed and other hurdles must be surmounted to apply findings to the clinic.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21484

Broad Institute wins bitter battle over CRISPR patents

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:21am

The US Patent and Trademark Office issues a verdict in legal tussle over rights to genome-editing technology.

Nature 542 401 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21502

Shout about the European Union’s success

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 6:21am

As people in other nations watch the UK prepare to sever ties, Herman Goossens urges more scientists to stress what the EU does for them.

Nature 542 273 doi: 10.1038/542273a