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Trump Asks Collins to Stay On at NIH

By | January 20, 2017

The president-elect asks Collins to remain director of the NIH through the transition. Whether Donald Trump will formally appoint Francis Collins has yet to be seen.

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Using simulations, scientists report that a mixture of termites and plant competition may be responsible for the strange patterns of earth surrounded by plants in the Namib desert. 

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A cell phone–based microscope can identify mutations in tumor tissue and image products of DNA sequencing reactions.

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Baboons Can Make Sounds Found in Human Speech

By | January 13, 2017

The findings suggest language may have started to evolve millions of years earlier than once thought.  

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Ancient Origins of Retroviruses

By | January 12, 2017

Foamy-like endogenous retroviruses may have emerged more than 450 million years ago, according to an analysis.

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As the Brain Ages, Glial-Cell Gene Expression Changes Most

By | January 10, 2017

Researchers describe how gene expression in different human brain regions is altered with age.

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The US House of Representatives “Select Investigative Panel” recommends that the NIH investigate fetal tissue research, and consider no longer funding certain types. 

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Do Preprints Belong in Grant Applications?

By | January 6, 2017

As the NIH questions the place of preprints in grant applications, the U.K.’s MRC encourages scientists to submit non-peer–reviewed works for consideration.

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NIH: Allergen-Exposure Strategy Can Prevent Peanut Allergy

By | January 5, 2017

In light of recent allergen-exposure studies, an agency-sponsored panel has formally recommended early introduction of peanuts in an effort to prevent potentially life-threatening allergies.

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Adaptation, Island Style

By | January 3, 2017

Anole lizards inhabiting the Caribbean islands display some of the key principles of evolution.

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