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Caltech’s Frances Arnold is honored for her work on directed evolution.

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FDA Approves Bladder Cancer Immunotherapy

By | May 23, 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration greenlights Roche’s Tecentriq, which blocks a protein that obstructs the immune system’s ability to fight cancer.

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Report: Still Lots to Learn About GE Crops

By | May 17, 2016

A National Academies–led analysis evaluates the impacts of genetically engineered crops—and calls for updated regulations.

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Stem Cell Rules Tackle Human Embryo Editing

By | May 17, 2016

A set of international stem cell guidelines recommends that oversight committees at research institutions oversee all research on embryos.

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Secret Genome Meeting

By | May 16, 2016

A closed-door gathering at Harvard last week hosted researchers talking about synthesizing entire genomes, including that of humans. 

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Genetics of Educational Attainment?

By | May 12, 2016

In a study of nearly 300,000 people, researchers identify 74 gene variants that are linked with how long subjects stayed in school.

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The Oracle cofounder’s gift will fund a new institute at the University of Southern California.

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Sea Star Comeback?

By | May 9, 2016

Hordes of baby sea stars on the Pacific coast survived the summer and winter of 2015—promising news about populations that have been devastated by a wasting disease.

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Antibodies Prevent HIV Infection in Monkeys

By | April 29, 2016

Infusing anti-HIV antibodies provides macaques with protection against infection for up to six months, according to a study.

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Theranos in Criminal Probe

By | April 19, 2016

Federal officials are investigating whether the diagnostics company misled investors.

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