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DOCUMENT AND ENTITY INFORMATION - shares
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2017
May 08, 2017
Document and Entity Information    
Entity registrant name YIELD10 BIOSCIENCE, INC.  
Entity central index key 0001121702  
Current fiscal year end date --12-31  
Entity filer category Smaller Reporting Company  
Document type 10-Q  
Document period end date Mar. 31, 2017  
Document fiscal year focus 2017  
Document fiscal period focus Q1  
Amendment flag false  
Entity common stock, shares outstanding   28,498,560
Entity current reporting status Yes