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image: Dogs’ Friendly Demeanor Written in Their DNA

Dogs’ Friendly Demeanor Written in Their DNA

By | July 20, 2017

Researchers pinpoint the genes that make pooches so dang affable.

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image: UK’s Brexit Team Lacks a Science Advisor

UK’s Brexit Team Lacks a Science Advisor

By | July 18, 2017

Advocacy groups call for the role to be filled.

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image: Dogs Have a Single Genetic Origin: Study

Dogs Have a Single Genetic Origin: Study

By | July 18, 2017

A new genetic analysis contradicts a 2016 study proposing that our canine companions were domesticated from two distinct populations.

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image: Most of Human Genome Nonfunctional: Study

Most of Human Genome Nonfunctional: Study

By | July 17, 2017

An estimate derived from fertility rates concludes that at least 75 percent of our DNA has no critical utility.

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image: Lawmakers Propose Increasing NIH Budget

Lawmakers Propose Increasing NIH Budget

By | July 13, 2017

A House bill would also bar funding for research with fetal tissues.

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image: Smallpox Kerfuffle Reveals Biosecurity Problems

Smallpox Kerfuffle Reveals Biosecurity Problems

By | July 12, 2017

A review of a 2014 incident in which mystery vials of smallpox were found at the NIH reveals security weaknesses, but also concludes the response was appropriate. 

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image: Cell Cannibalism as Cancer Defense

Cell Cannibalism as Cancer Defense

By | July 11, 2017

A new study suggests that the mysterious process by which one cell consumes another may be triggered by cell division, potentially helping to fight tumor growth.

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image: RNA Protects “Naked” Genomes from Retrotransposons

RNA Protects “Naked” Genomes from Retrotransposons

By | June 30, 2017

Transfer RNA fragments prevent jumping genes from hopping around in the mouse embryo, when histone methylation can’t do the job.

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The cell-surface receptor, SIRP-alpha, initiates the innate immune response in hosts.  

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The International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium aims to characterize the entire mouse genome, starting first with more than 3,300 genes. 

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