Harvard's Derrick Rossi and his colleagues report in Cell Stem Cell on a way to use synthetic messenger RNAs to have differentiated human cells to regain their pluripotency. Rather than relying on viruses, messenger RNA delivers the four proteins needed to induce pluripotency.

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Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

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