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Ebola Outbreak Strains Sequenced

By | August 28, 2014

Ninety-nine publicly available genomes could help researchers working to develop diagnostics, vaccines, and therapies. 

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Expanding ENCODE

By | August 27, 2014

Latest Encyclopedia of DNA Elements data enable researchers to compare genome regulation across species. 

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How Hummingbirds Taste Nectar

By | August 21, 2014

Hummingbirds perceive sweetness through a receptor with which other vertebrates taste savory foods. 

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Interspecies RNA Shuffle

By | August 14, 2014

Researchers report the first example of large-scale RNA-based communication between species—a parasitic plant and two of its hosts. 

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Pregnancy Stress Spans Generations

By | August 7, 2014

The stressors a female rat experiences during pregnancy can have repercussions for her granddaughters, a study shows. 

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Prepped for the Long Sleep

By | July 30, 2014

Hibernation-related proteins are common even in non-hibernating animals, a study shows.

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Epigenetic Changes Can Cause Cancer

By | July 25, 2014

A transgene designed to attract methylation to the promoter of a tumor-suppressor gene leads to tumorigenesis in a mouse model. 

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Hitting a Climate “Seal”-ing

By | July 23, 2014

Due to the effects of climate change, female fur seals that successfully breed do so later in life and are more likely to have increased variability within their genomes.

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A Multi-Cancer Diagnostic?

By | July 14, 2014

Researchers report an ability to detect several types of cancer in blood samples based on signatures of immune response, but some are skeptical about the utility of such a test.

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image: Gestational Malnutrition Affects Offspring’s Sperm

Gestational Malnutrition Affects Offspring’s Sperm

By | July 10, 2014

Mice undernourished during pregnancy can transmit the effects of such nutritional stress to their sons’ germ cells, epigenetically.  

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