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The Polar Bear’s Prehistoric Past

By | July 23, 2012

Genomic analyses reveal that the polar bear evolved between 4 and 5 million years ago, far earlier than previous studies had estimated.

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Sex Drives Chromosome Evolution

By | July 19, 2012

A relatively new pair of sex chromosomes in the fruit fly allows researchers to track their evolution from the beginning.

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Opinion: One Microbe’s 15 Minutes

By | July 3, 2012

The recently hyped amoeba-flagellate Collodictyon has many secrets to tell about early eukaryotic evolution.

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Jumping Genes a Cause of Cancer?

By | June 28, 2012

Genome sequence analysis confirms mobile genetic elements are a mutagenic mechanism in a variety of cancers.

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Five Mutations Make H5N1 Airborne

By | June 21, 2012

The second of the two controversial bird flu papers is published in Science, revealing that just five mutations can render the virus transmissible between ferrets.

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Cancer-Fighting Virus

By | June 13, 2012

A small patient trial offers hope that cancer-killing viruses might be a viable therapy after all.

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TB Vax for Bladder Cancer

By | June 6, 2012

How the bacteria found in a tuberculosis vaccine can improve the outcome of bladder cancer treatment

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Trials Overlook Cancer Spread

By | May 30, 2012

One cancer researcher says that by focusing solely on stalling cancer growth, clinical trials are failing some potentially life-saving drugs that prevent metastasis.

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The Aging and Inflammation Link

By | May 24, 2012

A protein that keeps the immune response in check leads a double life as an anti-aging factor.

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Genome Digest

By | May 22, 2012

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

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