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DOCUMENT AND ENTITY INFORMATION - shares
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2017
Aug. 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 Jun. 30, 2017  
Document fiscal year focus 2017  
Document fiscal period focus Q2  
Amendment flag false  
Entity common stock, shares outstanding   2,879,550
Entity current reporting status Yes