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Zika Up Close

By | March 31, 2016

A detailed structure of the pathogen highlights its similarities to—and one major difference from—other flaviviruses. 

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Parasite-Pathogen Partnership

By | March 7, 2016

Parasitic mites that transmit a honey bee-infecting virus may benefit from spreading the pathogen, a study shows.

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Zika Infects Neural Progenitors

By | March 4, 2016

Scientists provide a potential biological link between Zika virus infection and microcephaly.

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Viral Remnants Help Regulate Human Immunity

By | March 3, 2016

Endogenous retroviruses in the human genome can regulate genes involved in innate immune responses.

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Similar Data, Different Conclusions

By | February 23, 2016

By tweaking certain conditions of a long-running experiment on E. coli, scientists found that some bacteria could be prompted to express a mutant phenotype sooner, without the “generation of new genetic information.” The resulting debate—whether the data support evolutionary theory—is more about semantics than science.

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Borrowing Immunity Through Interbreeding

By | January 7, 2016

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

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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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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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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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