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Week in Review: April 10–14

By | April 14, 2017

CRISPR patent ruling appealed; CRISPR-based nucleic acid test; an experimental gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and a cell-based protocol for Parkinson’s disease show promise in mice

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Week in Review: April 3–7

By | April 7, 2017

Virus triggers gluten intolerance in mice; UK bank offers clinic-ready hESC lines; researchers debate giant virus origins; cephalopods edit RNA; scientists screen noncoding genome with CRISPR

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New Giant Virus Group Reported

By | April 6, 2017

A genomic analysis of “Klosneuviruses” suggests that they evolved from small viruses that accumulated genetic material over time, but not all virologists are convinced. 

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Week in Review: March 27–31

By | March 31, 2017

European Patent Office greenlights CRISPR patent; scientists reconsider a cancer drug target; NIH accepts preprints in grant applications; MERS drug developers test antibodies; experts weigh the risks and benefits of whole-exome sequencing for healthy people

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Study: Diet Contributes to Brain Size

By | March 30, 2017

The results of a historical primate behavior analysis suggest that species with fruit-filled diets evolved larger brains.

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image: Dinosaur Phylogenetic Tree Shake-Up

Dinosaur Phylogenetic Tree Shake-Up

By | March 24, 2017

An analysis of 74 dinosaur species leads a group of researchers to reorganize the extinct animals’ evolutionary history.

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Week in Review: March 20–24

By | March 24, 2017

What proposed budget cuts could mean for NIH; how astrocytes help control circadian behaviors in mice; how mutations confer virulence to vaccine-derived polio; why cancer risk is in part “random”

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image: Sharks May Have Evolved from Acanthodians

Sharks May Have Evolved from Acanthodians

By | March 14, 2017

Analysis of an ancient shark fossil provides the strongest evidence to date that modern sharks derive from a class of 400 million–year-old bony fish.

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Week in Review: March 6–10

By | March 10, 2017

Moving toward a fully synthetic yeast genome; backing up environmental data; regulating appetite with osteoblast hormones; investigating electrosensory organs in fish; contemplating federal science budgets

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“Buena vista” hypothesis suggests that changes in the sizes of eyes, rather than a shift from fins to limbs, led fish to transition to land more than 300 million years ago.  

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