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Itch Neurons in Mouse Spinal Cords Can Sense Pain

By | February 22, 2017

Neurons in the spinal cord thought to be itch-specific also act as a braking mechanism for intense pain, scientists show.

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An Aging-Related Effect on the Circadian Clock

By | February 21, 2017

Stress-related genes may be preferentially and rhythmically expressed as part of the circadian rhythms of older fruit flies, researchers report.  

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Science Policy: Anxiety and Resolve at AAAS Conference

By | February 21, 2017

A panel discussion on channeling science into policy served as a forum for debating the role of scientists under the current administration. 

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Marching for Science, from Berlin to Sydney

By | February 20, 2017

Satellite marches across the globe aim to stand in solidarity with US scientists and highlight issues in their home countries. 

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Wael Al-Delaimy: An American Scientist Born in Iraq

By | February 16, 2017

The 49-year-old epidemiologist immigrated to the U.S. in 2000 for a postdoc position. He’s now a professor of family medicine and public health.

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Abundant Sequence Errors in Public Databases

By | February 16, 2017

A new algorithm reveals hoards of preparation-induced DNA mutations in publicly available human sequences.

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While the University Grants Commission’s system prioritizes peer-reviewed papers, experts not involved in the initiative express concern that it could incentivize cheating.

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Broad Wins CRISPR Patent Interference Case

By | February 15, 2017

The USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board has ruled in favor of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard retaining intellectual property rights covered by its patents for CRISPR gene-editing technology.

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Duplicated Genes May Reduce Resilience in Yeast

By | February 14, 2017

Researchers find that some duplicated yeast genes develop dependency—the loss of one copy leads to the failure of the other.

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Science Teaching Standards up for Revision in Texas

By | February 9, 2017

Despite a committee of educators recommending the removal of language challenging evolution in science curricula, state education board members vote to reintroduce controversial concepts. 

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