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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: Hopi Hoekstra shows how different mutations to the same gene causes varied color in lizards, cows, and human hair.

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Recent Report: Preventing Cognitive Decline and Dementia; Evidence supporting interventions that may slow cognitive decline and the onset of dementia is encouraging but insufficient to justify a public health campaign.

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Current Issue: Estimating the age of Jupiter
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