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Antibiotics From Scratch

By | May 18, 2016

Scientists develop a method for synthesizing hundreds of new macrolide antibiotics.

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Genome Digest

By | May 17, 2016

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes  

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Further Evidence that Life Might Have Started with RNA

By | May 13, 2016

Researchers show how RNA bases could self-assemble in conditions that might resemble Earth’s primordial soup.

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Mysterious Eukaryote Missing Mitochondria

By | May 12, 2016

Researchers uncover the first example of a eukaryotic organism that lacks the organelles.

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Another Andrew Wakefield Movie in the Works

By | May 4, 2016

This one will be largely based on the discredited anti-vaccine researcher’s 2010 book.

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Most Gut Microbes Can Be Cultured

By | May 4, 2016

Contrary to the popular thought that many species are “unculturable,” the majority of bacteria known to populate the human gut can be grown in the lab, scientists show.

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Cellular Pruning Follows Adult Neurogenesis

By | May 2, 2016

Newly formed neurons in the adult mouse brain oversprout and get cut back.

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Animal Magnetism

By | May 1, 2016

A photosensitive protein behind the retinas of cockroaches plays a role in light-dependent, directional magnetosensitivity.

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In the book's prologue, author Frans de Waal considers the intellectual impediments to studying animal intelligence.

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Capsule Reviews

By | May 1, 2016

Sorting the Beef from the Bull, Cheats and Deceits, A Sea of Glass, and Following the Wild Bees

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