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Data is not available upon request.

Oh, my! “Among articles stating that data was available upon request, only 17% shared data upon request. The presence of Data Availability Statements was not associated with higher rates of data sharing(p= .55), indicating a lack of adherence to journals’ […]

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Things could be better.

Science does not have to be written with dry language and locked away behind inaccessible journals. Adam Mastroianni proves the point by publishing the results of eight studies he conducted. “It goes like this: when people imagine how things could […]

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The baffling intelligence of a single cell.

“An individual E. coli has no brain, obviously, and is even many orders of magnitude simpler than a human cell, and yet already it possesses something like a sense of smell, drive, even a memory. Chemotaxis recasts E. coli not […]

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Memories are made by breaking DNA and fixing it.

What a breakthrough! This builds on the researcher’s 2021 finding that linked DNA breaks with learning. “When a long-term memory forms, some brain cells experience a rush of electrical activity so strong that it snaps their DNA. Then, an inflammatory […]

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Epigenetic edits to cut cholesterol.

“Scientists achieved this effect by changing each animal’s ‘epigenome’, one feature of which is a collection of chemical tags that are bound to DNA and affect gene activity. After the treatment, activity of the targeted gene dropped and remained low […]