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DOCUMENT AND ENTITY INFORMATION - shares
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2018
Nov. 06, 2018
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 Non-accelerated Filer  
Entity Emerging Growth Company false  
Entity Small Business true  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2018  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2018  
Document Fiscal Period Focus (i.e. Q1,Q2,Q3,FY) Q3  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   10,025,811