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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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The Nobel laureate and Lasker awardee developed tools that facilitated decades of genetics research, including starch gel electrophoresis and gene targeting.

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Exploring the Epigenetics of Ethnicity

By | January 11, 2017

Researchers attempt to estimate how much of the human genome’s methylation patterns can be attributed to genetic ancestry.

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As the Brain Ages, Glial-Cell Gene Expression Changes Most

By | January 10, 2017

Researchers describe how gene expression in different human brain regions is altered with age.

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Neural Mechanism Links Alcohol Consumption to Binge Eating

By | January 10, 2017

Ethanol triggers starvation-activated neurons, leading mice to overeat. 

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Do Preprints Belong in Grant Applications?

By | January 6, 2017

As the NIH questions the place of preprints in grant applications, the U.K.’s MRC encourages scientists to submit non-peer–reviewed works for consideration.

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Next Generation: Biocompatible Microdevices

By | January 6, 2017

A new fabrication strategy enables scientists to manufacture fully biocompatible, implantable medical devices. 

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How Hummingbirds Sense Movement While Hovering

By | January 5, 2017

A visual motion-sensing brain region found in all four-limbed vertebrates displays unique properties in Anna’s hummingbirds.

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Forms of Alzheimer’s May Display Unique Plaque Structures

By | January 4, 2017

A study shows that different fibril formations in the brains of deceased patients seem to correlate with various Alzheimer’s disease subtypes. 

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