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The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, nonprofit organization of the country’s leading researchers. The NAS recognizes and promotes outstanding science through election to membership; publication in its journal, PNAS; and its awards, programs, and special activities. Through the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the NAS provides objective, science-based advice on critical issues affecting the nation. Read More»

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Featured member: Climate change is moving too fast for plants. Dominique Bergmann's team use gene editing to adjust levels of the hormone cytokinin, helping plants coordinate growth and adapt to their environment.

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Biotechnology could be a part of the solution in protecting forest trees against destructive pest and disease outbreaks, which are predicted to increase, but considerable investment is needed to further basic understanding.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

PNAS is one of the world’s most-cited and comprehensive multidisciplinary scientific journals, publishing more than 3,200 research papers annually. The journal’s content spans the biological, physical, and social sciences and is global in scope.

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