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DOCUMENT AND ENTITY INFORMATION - shares
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2017
Nov. 06, 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 Sep. 30, 2017  
Document fiscal year focus 2017  
Document fiscal period focus Q3  
Amendment flag false  
Entity common stock, shares outstanding   3,461,714
Entity current reporting status Yes