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Marine pathogens flourish in oceans that are warmer and more acidic.

First Photo of Intact Giant Squid, 1874

Moses Harvey’s photograph brought the mysterious creature out of legend.

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Scientists still don’t know exactly how some commonly used drugs work. Here’s a look at three such compounds.

Targeting tau antibodies does not require effector function, researchers report.

Studying sleep spindles could help neuroscientists better understand certain cognitive impairments.  

Endurance exercise and metabolism are linked to transcriptional activation of human telomeres, researchers propose.

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Daily News Roundup

Four individuals acquired the virus in a region of north Miami, health officials report. 

Minding sleep spindles; targeting tau with immunotherapy; cloned sheep age normally; pesticide exposure impairs honeybee fertility; Zika updates

High school and college-level oral examiners graded women higher than men in male-dominated fields.

Genomic analysis reveals wolves and coyotes have hybridized, potentially complicating wolves' protection under the US Endangered Species Act.

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July 2016

Issue Cover: Marine Maladies

Understanding interactions between the immune system and stem cells could pave the way for successful stem cell–based regenerative therapies.

Insulin resistance and high levels of insulin and lipids all precede the development of metabolic dysfunction. Which metabolic factor is to blame?

In the planet’s warming and acidifying oceans, species from corals to lobsters and fish are succumbing to pathogenic infection.

Researchers discover acetogenesis in archaea, suggesting an important role for these little-studied organisms in generating organic carbon below the seafloor.


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See footage from the expedition that discovered a coral reef hiding beneath the massive muddy plume at the mouth of the Amazon River.

Bathyarchaeota undergo acetogenesis, generating organic carbon below the seafloor.

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