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Super-resolution Microscopy

(October 2010)

Supported by Nikon Instruments

Fluorescence microscopy is acquiring new capabilities as methodological developments allow it to break the diffraction limit. This collection of articles from several leaders in the field highlights the diversity of super-resolution microscopy techniques being developed and the principles that allow them to overcome this long-standing limitation.

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(March 2010)

Cancer research is progressing at a rapid pace. This collection highlights recent studies that increase our understanding of the complex biological processes underlying tumour development and progression. They also feature novel approaches towards translating these advances into potential new anti-cancer drugs.

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(March 2010)

Supported by Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité & The United Nations

Nature is delighted to present this biodiversity supplement for 2010, International Year of Biodiversity. As nations come together to reduce the alarming loss of species taking place worldwide, we hope that these features, opinion pieces, News & Views articles and original research papers will provide a useful snapshot of the problems faced and solutions proposed.

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(December 2009)

Supported by Regulus Therapeutics IncS

MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small, non–coding RNAs found in plants and animals. They regulate gene expression by binding to complementary sequences within target mRNAs. The mammalian genome encodes hundreds of miRNAs that collectively affect the expression of about one–third of all genes. This collection showcases the latest papers from Nature that explore the biogenesis, biological effects in both normal and diseased cells, and therapeutic potential of miRNAs.

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HIV/AIDS collection

(July 2009)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) continues to be a major health problem. The development of an effective vaccine and new drugs to treat established disease remains an urgent need. This special collection presents a selection of papers published in Nature highlighting the progress that has been made towards conquering this enormous challenge over the past couple of years.

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(June 2009)

The need for abundant energy sources that do not rely on fossil fuels is one of the great technological challenges of the twenty-first century — fundamental to further economic development and some measure of climate stability. This collection of feature articles from Nature looks at the technologies and science base needed to meet the challenge of clean energy on a global scale, taking in everything from artificial photosynthesis to hybrid cars, and from nuclear power to biofuel shrubs.

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(March 2009)

The world is on the verge of making major inroads against malaria. Over the past decade, scientists, large pharmaceutical companies and small biotechnology firms, governments and philanthropic organizations have come together to mount a full frontal attack on malaria, and there is now even talk of eradication. This collection highlights advances that will underpin the next generation of malaria-control tools.

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Year of planet Earth

(January 2008)

To celebrate the International Year of Planet Earth, this special supplement explores recent developments and future directions in the Earth sciences. With climate change to the fore, Earth scientists have much to offer society, and these articles explore both our understanding of the planet and how this knowledge can be used to benefit the people who live on it.

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Cancer Genomics

(November 2007)

Cancer is driven by multiple genetic and epigenetic changes. In recent years, advanced high-throughput technologies have allowed researchers to survey large numbers of cancer genomes, providing an overview of the landscape of somatic mutations and copy-number alterations in human cancers. It has emerged that human tumours are more heterogeneous and carry alterations in more genes than previously thought. In addition, large-scale association studies have uncovered variations that determine the genetic susceptibility to various types of cancer. This collection highlights some of the recent studies that are shedding light on the mechanisms by which cancer genes function and are informing therapeutic choices.

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Gene Targeting Nobel Prize

(December 2007)

The 2007 Nobel Prize in Medicine went to Mario Capecchi, Oliver Smithies and Martin Evans, who pioneered a technology for disrupting or altering mouse genes at will. Around half of all mouse genes have now been disrupted using this gene-knockout technology. This special collection explores how, in combination with advances in genomics, the technique has led to a revolution in biomedical science by linking genes to processes of disease and development that are, more often than not, similar in both mice and humans.

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(September 2007)

The world's population is ageing rapidly. The effects of this change in demographics are predicted to touch on many facets of human life. Not least, because the health of older people deteriorates with time. This Nature collection draws together recent articles on the process of ageing, and the connections that exist between growing older and disease.

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(June 2007)

Despite global efforts to improve access to treatment, existing HIV/AIDS therapies are still not reaching the majority of those in need. This Nature collection draws together recent molecular and cellular studies on the interplay between HIV and the immune system, which are helping to advance the search for an effective vaccine and new drugs to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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Nanotechnology in Cancer

(June 2007)

As cancer treatment shifts from non-specific cytotoxic molecules towards multifunctional targeted therapies, nanotechnology promises new approaches for earlier detection, diagnosis and prevention. With the impressive and rapid progress made in this area, it is hoped that nanotechnology-based applications will safely translate into the clinic to fight cancer. In this collection, a selection of papers present the opportunities, challenges and progress made in imaging, delivery systems, detection and safety of the new materials and approaches. We believe that you will enjoy this collection of papers originally published in Nature Publishing Group journals.



(May 2007)

Since the late 1990s, sequencing technologies have allowed microbial genomes to be studied directly in samples taken from their natural nvironments, bypassing the need to culture them in the lab. New approaches are now addressing fundamental questions about the diversity of bacteria and how they act in their native environments. In this collection, Nature presents a selection of papers that combine the latest techniques to explore whole microbial communities and track individual species in uncultured samples ranging from seawater to soil.

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RNAi Nobel Prize

(December 2006)

Small non-coding RNAs will never be viewed the same. In 1998, Fire and Mello published their seminal study explaining how exogenous duplex RNA could be converted into a gene regulatory signal. Since then, the field of RNA interference has radically changed our understanding of many areas of biology. In this collection, Nature recalls how these findings were initially presented, and reports on the recent Nobel prize awarded to this research.

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Human Genome

(June 2006)

It is now more than 15 years since work began sequencing the 2.85 billion nucleotides of the human genome. While the draft sequence was published in Nature in 2001, researchers at the Human Genome Project continued to fill the gaps and subject individual chromosomes to ever more detailed analyses. Nature is proud to present here the complete and comprehensive DNA sequence of the human genome as a freely available resource. Produced with support from our sponsors. Nature carries sole responsibility for all editorial content.

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Neuropathic Pain

(June 2006)

Pain is an important physiological process by which we are alerted to danger. But neuropathic pain is long-lasting, has no obvious cause and can be particularly debilitating.

The processes underlying neuropathic pain are poorly understood but this Nature Collection of recent articles illuminates some biological systems involved.

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RNAi Therapy

(September 2005)

It works in the lab, but will it work in our bodies? When it was realised that short, non-coding RNA molecules can affect protein expression, the message was simple: this normal cellular process, RNA interference, might be exploited therapeutically to fight disease. In this collection, Nature presents primary research, commentary, and news articles on RNAi therapy. An amazing RNAi animation is also included.

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Artists on science: scientists on art

Vol. 434, No. 7031 (17 March 2005)

Greater specialization means the culture gap between art and science has perhaps never been so extreme. It is hard to find today a true artist- scientist like Leonardo da Vinci, as noted for his science and engineering skills as his Mona Lisa and Last Supper. There is just too much to know. But recently there has been an increasing awareness on the part of some artists of the heritage of scientists and vice versa. This supplement aims to reflect, and place in context, some of this awareness.

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Year of Physics

Vol. 433, No. 7023 (19 January 2005)

In 1905, Albert Einstein submitted five papers for publication in Annalen der Physik, covering three topics: the photoelectric effect, brownian motion, and the special theory of relativity. Although diverse in subject matter, these contributions are landmarks in their field - and testament to Einstein's genius. To honour their centenary, 2005 has been designated 'World Year of Physics'. Nature joins the celebrations with the publication of this special supplement.

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Australia supplement

Vol. 429, No. 6991 (3 June 2004)

Australia has been a quiet player on the international biotech scene, but in recent years it has been taking strides to reinvent itself as tomorrow's young entrepreneur. This supplement to Nature charts that transformation.

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China: Views from the West

Vol. 428, No. 6979 (11 March 2004)

This collection of articles is unprecedented: a Nature supplement that was written for researchers in China and originally published, at the end of last year, in the Chinese language.

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The double helix — 50 years

Vol. 421, No. 6921 (23 January 2003)

As a prelude to the many celebrations around the world saluting the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA double helix, Nature presents a collection of overviews that celebrate the historical, scientific and cultural impacts of a revelatory molecular structure.

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Science and technology networks in Scandinavia

Vol. 420, No. 6919 (11 December 2002)

The dominant science hubs in Scandinavia are akin to the open sandwiches favoured throughout the Nordic region — each country has its own name for, and unique approach to preparing, this delicacy. So, too, with science. Each hub has had different motivations and methods for building up local networks, as articles in this supplement reveal.

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The Alliance for Cellular Signaling

Vol. 420, No. 6919 (11 December 2002)

The Alliance for Cellular Signaling (AfCS) is a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional consortium designed to answer global questions about cell- signalling networks. By investigating pathways in B lymphocytes and cardiac myocytes, the AfCS aims to facilitate quantitative modelling and catalyse complementary research, as described in this collection of papers. Key facts about signalling proteins will be captured in a database, known as the Molecule Pages, that is freely accessible from the AfCS-Nature Signaling Gateway web site.

Paths to unforeseeable science and technology

Paths to unforeseeable science and technology

Vol. 409, No. 6818 (18 January 2001)

What sorts of visions are driving science towards new discoveries and technologies? Science's unpredictability has not prevented a group of invited scientists from being farsighted about future possibilities, focussing on cutting-edge basic science that might lead to unexpected technologies, and adventurous technologies that should lead to unpredictable, fundamental discoveries.

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Regional insight - Taiwan

Vol. 407, No. 6802 (21 September 2000)

By tapping a reservoir of ethnic Chinese scientists in the United States, the tiny island of Taiwan has achieved a global presence in the electronics industry. Substantial investment funds are now available to support new industries such as genomics and biochips. Although lacking the infrastructure to develop these industries, interaction between Chinese scientists in Taiwan, the United States and mainland China could bring Taiwan onto the map in biotechnology.

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Science in Spain: A guide to scientific opportunities

Vol. 392, No. 6675 (2 April 1998)

This Nature Guide to Scientific Opportunities in Spain (April 1998) demonstrates the enthusiasm of the country's institutions – from autonomous regional governments to universities, research institutes and industry – for extending the boundaries of the national scientific endeavour.

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Cycling at the speed of light?

A sample of Nature content from 1999.


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Vol. 402, No. 6763 (supplement) (16 December 1999)

This special collection of immunology papers, all of which have appeared in our pages in 1999, presents the breadth of the field, and we are very pleased to acknowledge Biogen, whose financial support helped to make this supplement possible. Indeed, Nature has published many of the landmark studies over the past 40 years and we aim to continue to be at the forefront.

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Impacts of foreseeable science

Vol. 402, No. 6761 (supplement) (2 December 1999)

Forecasting the future in science is fun but often hopelessly misleading. This publication, commissioned by all the Nature journals, focuses on future developments about which we can be reasonably confident and which will have an impact on the lives of all of us.

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Career choices for scientists

Vol. 402, No. 6758 (supplement) (11 Nov 1999)

Throughout its 130-year history, Nature has provided readers with news and comment about scientific careers. This Nature collection provides a repository of invaluable websites and other data essential for the serious jobhunter who wants just the right opportunity.

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ICSU/Unesco: World Conference on Science Supplement

The first global meeting to cover the complete range of issues concerning contemporary science and its relationship to society for almost 20 years, took place in Budapest from 26 June to 1 July 1999, jointly organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) and the International Council for Science (ICSU).

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Neurological disorders

Vol. 399, No. 6738 (supplement) (24 June 1999)

The progress that has been made in the last decades in understanding the biology of the nervous system is extraordinary, and nowhere is this more immediately relevant than in the understanding and treatment of neurological disorders. Thus, we believe that this supplement is both timely and important to our readership.

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Science in Latin America

Vol. 398, No. 6726 (supplement) (1 April 1999)

On 13 January 1999, Brazil suffered a shock which, if you listened to some commentators abroad, shook it to its very core. In São Paulo the following week, however, the locals were unfazed. By Latin American standards, a devaluation of 25 per cent (later 45 per cent) was not much to get excited about...

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The Nature 1999 News & Views Collection

Selected News & Views articles from 1998-9 issues of Nature.


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A Celebration of Physics

Vol. 397, No. 6714 (supplement) (7 January 1999)

The aim of this collection is to celebrate the ingenuity and diversity of physics in the twentieth-century.

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Optical Astronomy

Vol. 395, No. 6701 (supplement) (1 October 1998)

The 40th anniversary of the Kitt Peak National Observatory seems an appropriate time to reflect on how far we have come, and where the future of astronomy might lie.

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Therapeutic Horizons

Vol. 392, No. 6679 (supplement) (30 April 1998)

This supplement offers a series of Review Articles from Nature addressing advances in drug delivery, xenotransplantation and cell and gene therapy.

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Vol. 391, No. 6663 (supplement) (8 January 1998)

Selected papers from 1997 issues of Nature.


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Quantum Engineering

Vol. 391, No. 6662 (supplement) (1 January 1998)

A selection of Review Articles and Letters from Nature reporting advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology during 1996—7.

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Intelligent drug design: A Nature supplement

Vol. 384, No. 6604 (supplement) (7 November 1996)

Developments in techniques of pharmaceutical chemistry have revolutionized the design of drugs beyond previous expectations. But what are our current expectations and what does the future hold? Glaxo Wellcome has set itself the objective of introducing three significant new medicines a year, every year, by 2000.

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The Généthon human genetic linkage map

Vol. 380, No. 6570 (supplement) (14 March 1996)

An extended reprint of the manuscript A comprehensive genetic map of the human genome based on 5,264 microsatellites published in Nature on 14 March 1996.