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Zika must remain a high priority

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:00

Zika must remain a high priority

Nature 533, 7603 (2016). doi:10.1038/533291a

Although the evidence suggests that the Olympic Games are safe to proceed, the global health community must not let the Zika virus fade from the research agenda until the threat is wiped out.

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Geochemistry: Ancient Earth rocks emerge from lava

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:00

Geochemistry: Ancient Earth rocks emerge from lava

Nature 533, 7603 (2016). doi:10.1038/533294a

Deep inside Earth are rocks that date back to the first 50 million years of the Solar System's history. The discovery suggests that, even as internal heating mixes most of Earth's interior, some primordial material still survives today.A team led by Hanika Rizo of

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Diagnostics: Fast Zika test developed

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:00

Diagnostics: Fast Zika test developed

Nature 533, 7603 (2016). doi:10.1038/533294b

A low-cost paper-based test can rapidly detect low levels of Zika virus in human blood samples.James Collins at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and his colleagues previously designed a paper-based test for Ebola virus. Specially programmed RNA 'sensors' embedded in paper strips

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Astrophysics: Model predicts neutron-star signal

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:00

Astrophysics: Model predicts neutron-star signal

Nature 533, 7603 (2016). doi:10.1038/533294c

Physicists have devised a fast, accurate model that recreates the gravitational-wave signals produced by spiralling and colliding neutron stars. The model could help researchers to work out the stars' properties.The US Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) is looking for gravitational waves — ripples

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Genetics: Genes linked to different traits

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:00

Genetics: Genes linked to different traits

Nature 533, 7603 (2016). doi:10.1038/533294d

Seemingly unrelated biological traits, such as the risk of schizophrenia and of inflammatory bowel disease, can be linked to the same gene variants.One version of a gene can affect multiple traits, but identifying whether a specific gene variant affects two unrelated pathways has been

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Astronomy: Black hole weighed with precision

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:00

Astronomy: Black hole weighed with precision

Nature 533, 7603 (2016). doi:10.1038/533294e

Astronomers have made precise measurements of the mass of a supermassive black hole.Aaron Barth of the University of California in Irvine focused the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile on the black hole at the heart of NGC 1332, a galaxy that is

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Evolution: Commerce kept camel DNA diverse

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:00

Evolution: Commerce kept camel DNA diverse

Nature 533, 7603 (2016). doi:10.1038/533295a

Ancient caravans travelling through the deserts of the Middle East and Africa over the past several thousand years have shaped the genetic diversity of domestic camels.To learn about camels' evolutionary history, a team led by Pamela Burger at the University of Veterinary Medicine in

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Stem cells: Self-help for type 1 diabetes

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:00

Stem cells: Self-help for type 1 diabetes

Nature 533, 7603 (2016). doi:10.1038/533295b

Cells from people with type 1 diabetes can be reprogrammed so that they produce insulin in response to glucose when implanted into mice. This suggests that patients with the disease could one day be treated with their own reprogrammed cells.In previous work, Douglas Melton

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Cell biology: 'Nanoblade' slips organelle into cells

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:00

Cell biology: 'Nanoblade' slips organelle into cells

Nature 533, 7603 (2016). doi:10.1038/533295c

A laser-based technique permits the delivery of energy-generating organelles called mitochondria into single mammalian cells, where they can restore metabolic activities.Mitochondria have their own DNA, which can cause disease if mutated, and researchers have been looking for ways to isolate the organelles, correct genetic

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Ecology: Wolf cull makes poaching worse

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:00

Ecology: Wolf cull makes poaching worse

Nature 533, 7603 (2016). doi:10.1038/533295d

Government-approved killing of wolves (pictured) increases illegal hunting in parts of the United States.State-sanctioned culls are thought to be an effective conservation tool for reducing poaching of large carnivores. Guillaume Chapron at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Riddarhyttan and Adrian

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The week in science: 13–19 May 2016

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:00

The week in science: 13–19 May 2016

Nature 533, 7603 (2016). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/533296a

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

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Gridlock over Italy’s olive tree deaths starts to ease

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:00

Gridlock over Italy’s olive tree deaths starts to ease

Nature 533, 7603 (2016). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/533299a

Author: Alison Abbott

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

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Boaty McBoatfleet: British ship joins wave of rugged polar vessels

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:00

Boaty McBoatfleet: British ship joins wave of rugged polar vessels

Nature 533, 7603 (2016). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/533302a

Author: Alexandra Witze

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

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Bankruptcy filing worries developers of nanoparticle cancer drugs

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:00

Bankruptcy filing worries developers of nanoparticle cancer drugs

Nature 533, 7603 (2016). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/533304a

Author: Heidi Ledford

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

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

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:00

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

Nature 533, 7603 (2016). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/533306a

Author: XiaoZhi Lim

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

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The race to create super-crops

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:00

The race to create super-crops

Nature 533, 7603 (2016). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/533308a

Author: Natasha Gilbert

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

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Ecology: The sea-otter whisperer

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:00

Ecology: The sea-otter whisperer

Nature 533, 7603 (2016). doi:10.1038/533318a

Author: Jane Lubchenco

Jane Lubchenco applauds James Estes's chronicle of his 45 years studying the complexities of an apex predator.

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Books in brief

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:00

Books in brief

Nature 533, 7603 (2016). doi:10.1038/533319a

Author: Barbara Kiser

Barbara Kiser reviews five of the week's best science picks.

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Arts: California on camera

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:00

Arts: California on camera

Nature 533, 7603 (2016). doi:10.1038/533320a

Author: John Gilbey

John Gilbey lauds San Francisco's vastly expanded showcase for modern art and photography.

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China: Prevent misuse of eco-compensation

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:00

China: Prevent misuse of eco-compensation

Nature 533, 7603 (2016). doi:10.1038/533321a

Authors: Qinhua Fang & Michael Elliott

China is piloting a new type of ecological compensation scheme in which developers pay to offset environmental damage. We are concerned that this policy could have the opposite effect.Ecological compensation by developers in northwest Europe must restore natural habitats and resources to maintain ecological

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