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Toward a Virus-Free Polio Vaccine

By | January 19, 2017

Researchers are developing polio vaccines based on the viral capsid alone. When produced in recombinant systems, these could eliminate the need to propagate live poliovirus for vaccine production. 

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Unknown Protein Structures Predicted

By | January 19, 2017

Metagenomic sequence data boosts the power of protein modeling software to yield hundreds of new protein structure predictions.

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Journals Seek Out Preprints

By | January 18, 2017

With its recruitment of dedicated “preprint editors,” PLOS Genetics makes official the practice of soliciting non-peer–reviewed manuscripts posted online. 

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Seal Whiskers Can Detect Weak Water Currents

By | January 18, 2017

The marine predators may use the mechanosensory hairs to detect fish that are hiding motionless on the seafloor.

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How Traffic Noise Affects Tree Frogs

By | January 18, 2017

Constant exposure to the sounds of a busy road can impact a male European tree frog’s stress levels, immune system, and vocal sac coloration, scientists show.

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Replication Complications

By | January 18, 2017

An initiative to replicate key findings in cancer biology yields a preliminary conclusion: it’s difficult.

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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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Opinion: Reuse and Reduce

By | January 16, 2017

Sharing leftover samples from preclinical experiments is one way biomedical researchers can make the most of animal models.

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Removing a specific miRNA from stem cells may induce the expression of endogenous retroviruses that enable the cells to form extra-embryonic lineages.

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How Plant-Soil Feedback Affects Ecological Diversity

By | January 13, 2017

Researchers examine how underground microbes and nutrients affect plant populations.

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