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Infection-Autism Link Explained?

By | January 31, 2016

A mouse study suggests a mechanism by which severe infections during pregnancy increase autism risk. 

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More Evidence of Alzheimer’s Transmission

By | January 27, 2016

Examining the brains of seven patients who died of the prion disease called Creutzfeldt–Jakob, researchers find signs of Alzheimer’s pathology. 

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More CRISPR Improvements

By | January 25, 2016

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, boost the CRISPR/Cas9 system’s gene-editing success rate in short pieces of DNA.

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Processing Faces

By | January 21, 2016

Other people’s faces are mapped onto our brains.

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Nutrient-Control for GM Bacteria

By | January 20, 2016

Genetically modified bacteria that don’t survive unless given an unnatural amino acid could serve as a new control measure to protect wild organisms and ecosystems against accidental release. 

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Mutant Mosquitoes Deployed to Stop Zika, Dengue

By | January 19, 2016

A Brazilian town will ramp up the release of insects engineered to shrink mosquito populations.

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Cocaine Induces Neuronal Autophagy

By | January 19, 2016

A new study supports the idea that cocaine triggers brain cells to eat themselves and suggests a possible antidote.

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GM Paper Flagged by Politician Retracted

By | January 18, 2016

One of three suspect publications from a group of scientists in Italy is pulled for plagiarism while an investigation is ongoing.

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Thermo Fisher to Acquire Affymetrix

By | January 11, 2016

The boards of both companies have agreed to a $1.3 billion deal, which is subject to Affymetrix shareholder approval.

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Brain-Training Firm, FTC Settle

By | January 6, 2016

San Francisco-based Lumos Labs, creator of the brain-training program Lumosity, will pay $2 million to settle deceptive-advertising charges raised by the US Federal Trade Commission.

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