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Wolbachia Boost Stem Cell Production

By | October 20, 2011

The widespread bacteria known to manipulate host reproductive output can do so by ramping up stem cell division and consequent egg production in Drosophila.

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One-Eyed Shark

By | October 19, 2011

This is not an ancient one-eyed species, but an animal suffering from a rare congenital condition known as cyclopia, which has been documented in a variety of species, including humans. 

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Cyclops Shark Found

By | October 19, 2011

A Gulf of California fisherman brings home a baby dusky shark with only one eye.

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Brain Structure Linked to Facebook

By | October 18, 2011

The number of friends one has on Facebook correlates with the size of certain brain regions—and the number of friends made in real life.

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NIH Grants Funding Drops

By | October 17, 2011

The success rate of the government agency's grant applications has hit an all-time low.

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Behavior Brief

By | October 17, 2011

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Genetic Alarm Clock

By | October 4, 2011

Researchers identify a gene that wakes people up from sleep each day.

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The Scientist, Inaugural Issue, 1986

By | October 1, 2011

Twenty-five years later, the magazine is still hitting many of the same key discussion points of science.

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Designing Genetic Circuits

By | October 1, 2011

Near the turn of the millennium, James Collins and Stanislas Leibler independently undertook rather similar projects: design what would become synthetic biology’s seminal genetic circuits. And they came up with strikingly similar action plans.

Saving Rwanda's Gorillas

By | October 1, 2011

In late June 2009, a small group of mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park began to fall ill. One by one, 11 of the dozen apes started exhibiting severe respiratory problems. 

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