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A cell phone–based microscope can identify mutations in tumor tissue and image products of DNA sequencing reactions.

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Natural Selection Kept Neanderthal DNA in Modern Humans

By | December 29, 2016

Interbreeding with Neanderthals appears to have reintroduced genetic sequences related to innate immunity that had been lost as humans migrated out of Africa. 

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Speaking of Science: 2016

By | December 19, 2016

Selected quotes from an eventful year

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Smoking-Linked Cancer Mutations Mapped

By | November 3, 2016

Scientists produce a detailed genomic map of mutations and epigenetic changes associated with smoking tobacco across 17 tumor types. 

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How These Rodents Got Their Stripes

By | November 2, 2016

The African striped mouse and the chipmunk develop dorsal stripes through a newly identified mechanism of coat color variation.

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Many Evolutionary Paths Lead to Same Bird Trait

By | October 20, 2016

Diverse genetic changes lead to remarkably similar hemoglobin adaptations of diverse bird species, a study finds. 

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Nixing NETs to Prevent Metastasis

By | October 19, 2016

Researchers discover that neutrophil extracellular traps help cancers spread, and design enzyme-loaded nanoparticles to destroy them.

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The marsupials’ genomes show evidence of a rapid evolutionary response to selection imposed by devil facial tumor disease.

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Using RNA to Amplify RNA

By | August 15, 2016

Researchers apply in vitro evolution to generate an RNA enzyme capable of copying and amplifying RNA.

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Arming Synthetic Bacteria Against Cancer

By | July 20, 2016

Researchers engineer bacteria that deliver an anti-tumor toxin in mice before self-destructing. 

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