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Publish H5N1 Papers, Says US Gov’t

By | April 23, 2012

The NIH agrees with the government advisory board’s recommendation to publish both controversial bird flu studies in full.

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Polar Bear More Ancient Than Realized

By | April 20, 2012

A genetic analysis reveals that the polar bear split from the brown bear some 600,000 years ago.

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White House Weighs in on H5N1

By | April 18, 2012

Science adviser John Holdren speaks out about how the Presidential Administration is handling the controversial research that rendered avian flu transmissible between ferrets.

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Genomics Boom Continues

By | April 16, 2012

A new report estimates that the genomics research tools market will be worth nearly $9 billion by 2016.

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Inferring DNA from RNA

By | April 11, 2012

A new technique to derive DNA information from non-DNA sources, such as RNA, threatens the anonymity of genetic database donors.

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Academics Win Patent Rights

By | April 10, 2012

A judge says that government and university labs have to share the patent rights to the successful cancer drug Velcade.

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Banned Antibiotics Found in Poultry

By | April 6, 2012

Researchers find evidence of illegal use of antibiotics in poultry products.

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US Doesn’t Ban BPA

By | April 2, 2012

The FDA announces that BPA will continue to be permitted in food and beverage containers.

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Telltale Tortoises

By | April 1, 2012

Researchers are permanently marking endangered reptiles in Madagascar to keep the animals from entering the illegal wildlife trade. Read the full story. [gallery]

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Marked for Life

By | April 1, 2012

Conservationists working in Madagascar are doing the unthinkable—defacing the shells of endangered ploughshare tortoises—but it may be the animals’ last hope.

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