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image: Borrowing Immunity Through Interbreeding

Borrowing Immunity Through Interbreeding

By | January 7, 2016

Neanderthals and Denisovans contributed innate immune genes to modern humans, scientists show.

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image: Rethinking the Rise of Mammals

Rethinking the Rise of Mammals

By | November 16, 2015

Mammals diversified 30 million years later than previously estimated, according to a new analysis of an ancient fossil.

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image: Endogenous Retrovirus Active in ALS

Endogenous Retrovirus Active in ALS

By | September 30, 2015

Researchers uncover evidence that a retrovirus embedded within the human genome may play a role in the pathology of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

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image: Parasite’s Genes Persist in Host Genomes

Parasite’s Genes Persist in Host Genomes

By | September 17, 2015

Researchers find evidence of gene flow from parasitoid wasps to the butterflies and moths they lay eggs in.

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New Homo Species Found

By | September 10, 2015

Researchers describe H. naledi, an ancient human ancestor of unknown age that may have buried its dead.

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image: Synthetic DNA–based MERS Vaccine Shows Promise

Synthetic DNA–based MERS Vaccine Shows Promise

By | August 19, 2015

The experimental vaccine protects monkeys against the coronavirus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome and elicits an immune response in camels.

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image: Ancient Viruses as Gene Therapy Vectors

Ancient Viruses as Gene Therapy Vectors

By | July 31, 2015

Researchers deploy ancestors of today’s adeno-associated viruses to deliver gene therapies without immune system interference.

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Evolution of Kin Discrimination

By | July 6, 2015

A bacterium’s ability to distinguish self from non-self can arise spontaneously, a study shows, reigniting questions of whether the trait can be considered an adaptation.

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Neutralizing HIV

By | June 18, 2015

Engineered immunogens based on conserved patches of the virus’s envelope protein point to new strategies for vaccine design.

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image: Tracing Ebola’s Evolution

Tracing Ebola’s Evolution

By | June 18, 2015

Two independent teams examine the migration and evolution of the virus throughout the ongoing outbreak in West Africa.

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