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Brain’s Role in Browning White Fat

By | January 15, 2015

Insulin and leptin act on specialized neurons in the mouse hypothalamus to promote conversion of white to beige fat.

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Genome Digest

By | January 12, 2015

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

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Commensal Defense

By | January 8, 2015

Beneficial gut bacteria have evolved resistance to antimicrobial peptides that hosts release to fight pathogens.

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New Antibiotic from Soil Bacteria

By | January 7, 2015

Researchers have isolated a new kind of antibiotic from a previously unknown and uncultured bacterial genus.  

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Stem Cell Divisions Help Explain Cancer Risk

By | January 1, 2015

An analysis of 31 tissues finds that random mutations acquired during stem cell divisions correlate with lifetime cancer risk—more so than heritable mutations and environmental factors combined.  

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Mistaken Identities

By | January 1, 2015

Researchers are working to automate the arduous task of identifying—and amending—mislabeled sequences in genetic databases.

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Unraveling H7N9’s History

By | December 30, 2014

An analysis of stored samples shows that H7N9 precursor H9N2, a virus widespread in chickens, has shown increased fitness in recent years.

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From the Feature Well

By | December 30, 2014

A review of The Scientist’s 2014 special issues, highlighting trending areas of research across the life sciences

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Q&A: One Million Preprints and Counting

By | December 29, 2014

A conversation with ArXiv founder Paul Ginsparg

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The Year in Pathogens

By | December 29, 2014

Ebola, MERS, and enterovirus D68; polio eradication efforts; new regulations on potentially dangerous research

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