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Constant Evolution

By | December 16, 2015

Bacteria growing in an unchanging environment continue to adapt indefinitely.


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Let’s Talk Human Engineering

By | December 3, 2015

Experts continue to discuss the logistics and ethical considerations of editing human genomes at a historic meeting in Washington, DC. 


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Cortical Census

By | November 26, 2015

Scientists document the characteristics and connections of mouse neocortical neurons to establish the most detailed microcircuit map to date.

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The Unregulation of Biotech Crops

By | November 25, 2015

Genetic engineering—once a trigger for federal oversight—is now ushering some modified crops around scrutiny.


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Blood-Gut Barrier

By | November 12, 2015

Scientists identify a barrier in mice between the intestine and its blood supply, and suggest how Salmonella sneaks through it.


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New Route to Hearing Loss Mapped

By | November 5, 2015

Deficiency in a protein called pejvakin makes inner ear cells more vulnerable to sound, unable to brace themselves against oxidative stress stimulated by noise. 


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Toward Protecting Participants’ Privacy

By | October 29, 2015

Genomic data shared via the Beacon Project are vulnerable to privacy breaches, scientists show.

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Latest in Heart Stem Cell Debate

By | October 26, 2015

Given the right environment, cKit+ cells from the mouse heart can develop into new cardiac muscle, according to a study.


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Tethering Transposons

By | October 15, 2015

Panoramix, a newly identified transcription repressor, takes the bounce out of jumping genes.

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Riboswitch Flip Kills Bacteria

By | September 30, 2015

Scientists discover a novel antibacterial molecule that targets a vital RNA regulatory element.


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