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NIH Launches Genetics Test Database

By | March 1, 2012

The federal agency unveils a collection of thousands of genetic tests for some 2,500 diseases.

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Preserving Endangered Gametes

By | March 1, 2012

Pierre Comizzoli, a reproductive physiologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, chats about his efforts to rescue endangered species from extinction using in vitro fertilization as well as novel gamete preservation techniques.

Test-Tube Zoo Babies

By | March 1, 2012

A National Zoo researcher works to perfect gamete preservation and in vitro fertilization techniques in order to better manage endangered populations.

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Influenza Found in Bats

By | February 28, 2012

A new subtype of the flu virus is identified in Guatemalan yellow-shouldered bats, and the virus may share its genes with the human version.

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New Kind of Cellular Suicide

By | February 23, 2012

Researchers identify a gene that drives a type of cellular suicide that differs from the more commonly observed apoptosis phenomenon.

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Wireless Drug Chip

By | February 20, 2012

The world’s first programmable drug-delivery chip passes the test, accurately and safely delivering an osteoporosis drug.

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News from AAAS

By | February 20, 2012

A roundup of recent research announced last weekend at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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Bird Flu Paper Publication Delayed

By | February 17, 2012

The World Health Organization announced today that it recommends publishing the two controversial H5N1 papers in full, as soon as a few details are worked out. And Science is listening.

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Signs of Neuro-problems?

By | February 17, 2012

The likelihood of developing dementia later in life may be predicted by the speed at which people walk, while grip strength may predict stroke.

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From Architecture to Art

By | February 16, 2012

The structure of flowers becomes skeletal art in the hands of Macoto Murayama.

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