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Focus on forensics

Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC - close-up of 'Equal justice under law'

Forensics in crisis

High-profile cases of scientific misconduct at forensics labs are upending the legal system and casting doubt on the wider field, Rebecca Trager finds

Lot of pills of MDMA (Ecstasy) distributed by drug dealer seized by legal authority

Nanoparticle–NMR technique targets recreational drugs

After constantly playing catch-up, new tool could give analytical chemists the edge in fight to identify new psychoactive substances

Health

Gene and cell therapy concept image

Gene therapy gathers pace

Sarah Houlton charts the evolution, challenges and opportunities of cell and gene therapy

MAKOUA, CONGO, AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 27: A sign warns visitors that area is a Ebola infected. Signage informing visitors that it is a ebola infected area. September 27, 2013,Congo, Africa.

Vaccines central to efforts to head off latest Ebola outbreak

Ring vaccination strategy could halt disease in its tracks provided health systems can cope

Brain MRI, cerebral vessels

Scaffold could fill a gap in stroke therapy and help damaged brains recover

Bioactive filler could promote recovery in damaged regions

An illustration depicting the materials and overall assembly of the biodegradable pressure sensor

Surgical sensor tracks healing and then simply fades away

Exceptionally sensitive biodegradable implant can sense strain and pressure on recovering tendons

Biology and biotechnology

Food and nutrition

Fruits and vegetables

Sustaining the supply of trustworthy food

Sponsored by , by Rob Packer, Kaveh Kahen, Fadi Abou Shakra

The world’s population is expected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050. This will have a significant impact on the sustainable access of the Earth’s resources, including the availability of food

A photograph of a rice field

Nanofertilisers have huge potential but studies suffer from severe shortcomings

Nanosize agrochemicals promise to boost crop yields but experiments are often inconsistent and unrealistic, analysis reveals

Honey Bee collecting pollen on yellow rape flower against blue sky

Europe to impose near-total ban on neonicotinoids

By the end of 2018 farmers in the EU will be unable to use bee-harming pesticides on outdoor crops

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