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Fritz Haber, then director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Physical Chemistry in Berlin, collaborated with the chemical industry and the army to set up Germany’s powerful industrial–military complex (see Nature 438, 158–159; 2005). After the war, research on chemical weapons in the Weimar Republic was forbidden by the Allies, but it was still done secretly on a small scale. In KampfstoffForschung im Nationalsozialismus, Florian Schmaltz tells how this research re-emerged under the Nazis between 1933 and 1945.

EXETER NATURE|Vol 438|24 November 2005 An astonishing variety of natural photonic structures are being uncovered not just in butterflies, but also in other insects, birds and fish. Although nature and technology have evolved independently, they have ultimately come up with the same design. Amber Jenkins The latest insights into aquaporin-7 function have largely stemmed from two independently created1–3 lines of mice that lack the protein. In one set of findings1,2, these knockout mice maintained similar body weights to normal mice until 12 weeks of age, at which time they started to accumulate fat and become heavier, even though their food intake was the same as that of normal mice.

Diabetes 51, 2915–2921 (2002). 9. MacDougald, O. A. & Burant, C. F. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 102, 10759–10760 (2005). HISTOCOMPATIBILITY Colonial match and mismatch Gary W. Litman Distinguishing self from non-self is the underlying basis of immunity. Intriguingly, the genetic system that governs a natural process akin to tissue transplantation in vertebrates has been characterized in an invertebrate. On page 454 of this issue, a remarkable paper by De Tomaso and colleagues1 describes discoveries on two different fronts.

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