This Week in Science

Katarzyna Adamala and Jack Szostak at Massachusetts General Hospital report in Science this week that citrate appears to enable RNA replication in protocells made of fatty acid vesicles. Researchers trying to construct such protocells have found that high levels of magnesium ion within the vesicles would halt RNA replication. The duo screened a number of compounds to search for small molecules that protect the vesicles from Mg2+ leakage.

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American scientists find themselves once again warning the Trump administration not to dismiss science, the New Yorker report.

A new study suggests CRISPR could be used to save coral reefs from dying off, Forbes reports.

Researchers have found that the i-motif shape of DNA previously observed in the lab also exists in human cells, and that it may serve a purpose.

In PNAS this week: a genomic, transcriptomic, and metabolomic analysis of the tea plant, Arabidopsis thaliana's adaptations to specific local environments, and more.