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Research into the biological basis of gender identity is in its infancy, but clues are beginning to emerge.


New details of the molecular process by which our cells consume themselves point to therapeutic potential.

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The technique could combat infertility, but it's still not clear whether these eggs are normal and functional.


Pectin fragments may signal plant cells to maintain a type of growth suited to darkness.


Image of the Day: See You Later!

By The Scientist Staff | January 8, 2018

Developmental biologists take a close look at how alligator embryos grow. 


Single-cell genome analyses reveal the amount of mutations a human brain cell will collect from its fetal beginnings until death.


Captivated by Chromosomes

By Anna Azvolinsky | December 1, 2017

Peering through a microscope since age 14, Joseph Gall, now 89, still sees wonder at the other end.


Passing the Torch

By Mary Beth Aberlin | December 1, 2017

Looking back, looking forward


The switch from maternal factors involves dynamic reprogramming of the zygotic genome.


New technologies reveal the dynamic changes in mouse and human embryos during the first week after fertilization.

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