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NIH director Francis Collins staying on — for now

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 11:21am

President-elect Donald Trump’s team has asked Collins to remain in his job for an unknown period.

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Four ways Trump could unravel Obama's science legacy

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 11:21am

From stem-cell law to national monuments, the president-elect has myriad opportunities to transform the research landscape.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21327

Gene-edited animals face US regulatory crackdown

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 2:21pm

Last-minute proposal from Obama administration addresses CRISPR and other cutting-edge technologies.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21331

Perry promises to protect ‘all of the science’ at the US energy department

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 1:21pm

Trump’s nominee for energy secretary says that he will base decisions on ‘sound science’.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21334

Marijuana's benefits, Antarctic ice cracks and a $500-million donation

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 9:21am

The week in science: 13–19 January 2017.

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India’s first GM food crop held up by lawsuit

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 9:21am

Scientists accused of deceiving the public about benefits of transgenic mustard.

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Cancer reproducibility project releases first results

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 4:21am

An open-science effort to replicate dozens of cancer-biology studies is off to a confusing start.

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Space-weather forecast to improve with European satellite

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 10:21am

Probe could give early warnings of catastrophic solar storms heading for Earth.

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The $2.4-billion plan to steal a rock from Mars

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 8:21am

NASA is now building the rover that it hopes will bring back signs of life on the red planet.

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Do you speak virus? Phages caught sending chemical messages

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 10:21am

A virus that infects bacteria listens to messages from its relatives when deciding how to attack its hosts.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21313

Trump nominees talk science: As it happened

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 2:21pm

President-elect's picks to lead environment and health agencies testify before Congress.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21319

Billion-dollar project aims to prep vaccines before epidemics hit

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 4:21pm

Massive effort plans to stockpile vaccines against future outbreaks.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21329

Controversial website that lists ‘predatory’ publishers shuts down

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 4:21pm

Librarian Jeffrey Beall won’t say why he has unpublished his widely read blog.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21328

Controversial patient-consent proposal left out of research-ethics reforms

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 2:21pm

US agency releases finalized ‘Common Rule’, which governs human-subjects research.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21330

Give the public the tools to trust scientists

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 10:21am

Anita Makri argues that the form of science communicated in popular media leaves the public vulnerable to false certainty.

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Croatia’s science minister rejects calls to resign amid plagiarism scandal

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:21pm

Pavo Barišić says he won't step down after a parliamentary ethics committee found he copied another scholar's work.

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How the panda’s ‘thumb’ evolved twice

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:21pm

Two species of distantly related panda may have adapted to a bamboo-centric diet in similar genetic ways.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21300

Surprising contenders emerge for Trump’s NIH chief

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:21pm

A reproducibility guru, a former defence-research official and a controversial entrepreneur rumoured to be on list, along with current NIH leader and a congressman.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21295

Gates Foundation research can’t be published in top journals

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:21am

Publications such as Nature and Science have policies that clash with the global health charity's open-access mandate.

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Five big mysteries about CRISPR’s origins

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 5:21pm

Where did it come from? How do organisms use it without self-destructing? And what else can it do?

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