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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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