Jef Akst

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Week in Review: November 30–December 4

By | December 4, 2015

Historic meeting on human gene editing; signs of obesity found in sperm epigenome; top 10 innovations of 2015; dealing with retractions

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TS Picks: December 3, 2015

By | December 3, 2015

Inducing brain infections to cure cancer?; new journal publishes bit science; priming the brain for language learning

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Let’s Talk Human Engineering

By | December 3, 2015

Experts continue to discuss the logistics and ethical considerations of editing human genomes at a historic meeting in Washington, DC. 

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Urban Owl-Fitters

By | December 1, 2015

How birds with an innate propensity for living among humans are establishing populations in cities

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BRCA1 Linked to Alzheimer’s

By | November 30, 2015

The cancer-related protein BRCA1 is important for learning and memory in mice and is depleted in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, according to a study.

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Fatal-Disease Drug in Limbo

By | November 25, 2015

A panel of experts advised the US Food and Drug Administration that BioMarin Pharmaceutical has not demonstrated efficacy of its new drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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Pumpkins Saved By People?

By | November 25, 2015

Domestication may have saved pumpkins, gourds, and squash as seed dispersers like the mastodon went extinct. 

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Supergene Explains Ruff Mating

By | November 18, 2015

Two sequencing studies reveal the genetics underlying the sexual behavior of the European and Asian birds.

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Lab-Made Coronavirus Triggers Debate

By | November 16, 2015

The creation of a chimeric SARS-like virus has scientists discussing the risks of gain-of-function research.

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Another Telomere-Regulating Enzyme Found

By | November 12, 2015

Researchers identify a novel protein that helps maintain the length of chromosome-capping telomeres. 

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