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Alphabet Announces Life Sciences

By | August 24, 2015

Google’s parent company is launching a research-and-development project as a standalone firm.

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Illumina, Investors Launch Consumer Genetics Firm

By | August 19, 2015

With $100 million in initial funding, Helix aims to make personal genomics accessible.

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Fending Off Infection in Future Generations

By | August 17, 2015

Female fruit flies challenged with infection during their lifetimes have offspring with greater genetic diversity.

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Eyes Track Dream Scenes

By | August 13, 2015

In vivo recordings from humans reveal that brain activity related to seeing pictures correlates with eye movements during REM sleep.

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Fruit-Fly Neurons in Action

By | August 12, 2015

Researchers visualize the complete nervous system of a Drosophila melanogaster larva at nearly single-neuron resolution.

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Scotland Nixing GM Crops

By | August 11, 2015

The country will opt-out of growing genetically modified foods that have been approved for cultivation in the European Union.

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Mouse Study Catalogs Gene Functions

By | July 29, 2015

A European consortium identifies phenotypes for 320 genes, assigning new functions for half.

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The First Americans

By | July 23, 2015

Two genetic studies seeking to determine how people first migrated to North and South America yield different results.

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Cognitive Decline More Swift in Women

By | July 22, 2015

Mental agility in women deteriorates at twice the rate of that in men, according to a study of people with mild cognitive impairment.

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Why Screams Scare Us

By | July 20, 2015

Analyzing the acoustical qualities of screams and other sounds, researchers pinpoint why people find screams—and emergency vehicle sirens—frightening.

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