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The Sound of Salt

By | January 30, 2013

A putative ion channel integral to mammalian hearing turns out to be an elusive salt-sensing chemoreceptor in nematode worms.

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Bacteria Are Blowing in the Wind

By | January 28, 2013

New work shows that bacteria reach miles into the atmosphere, bolstering the notion that microbes can affect precipitation and cloud formation.

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Modeling All Life?

By | January 28, 2013

A proposal to simulate all of Earth’s ecosystems is exposing a rift between small and big ecology.

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The Making of a Bully

By | January 25, 2013

Adolescent rats exposed to stress grow into pathologically aggressive adults, behaviors that may be explained by accompanying epigenetic changes and altered brain activity.

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Non-coding Mutations May Drive Cancer

By | January 24, 2013

The majority of human melanomas contain mutations in a gene promoter, suggesting mutations in regulatory regions may spur some cancers.

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Is Cannabis Really That Bad?

By | January 23, 2013

Though some studies point to negative consequences of pot use in adolescents, data on marijuana’s dangers are mixed.

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DNA-based Data Storage Here to Stay

By | January 23, 2013

The second example of storing digital data in DNA affirms its potential as a long-term storage medium.

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Dogs Adapted to Agriculture

By | January 23, 2013

As wolves became domesticated, their genes adapted to a starch-rich diet of human leftovers.

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Cancer Diet Shared by Healthy Cells

By | January 23, 2013

Tumor cells rapidly divide by usurping a metabolic trick from normal cell development.

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Will GM Insects Help Stop Disease?

By | January 21, 2013

A variety of genetic strategies to counter insect-borne diseases are close to maturity.

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