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The Badger-Cow TB Connection

By | August 5, 2016

Researchers in the U.K. report that badgers may be passing tuberculosis to farm animals not through direct contact, as was previously suspected, but through exposure to urine and feces.

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FDA: GM Mosquitoes Safe for Environment

By | August 5, 2016

Other government authorities have yet to evaluate a proposal aimed at reducing populations of Zika-carrying insects in Florida.

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Nobel Laureate Dies

By | August 5, 2016

Chemist Ahmed Zewail, the “father of femtochemistry,” has passed away at age 70.

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Week in Review: August 1–5

By | August 5, 2016

More-precise CRISPR; progress toward a Zika vaccine; NIH reconsiders human-animal chimera research funding; large sample size powers genetics study on depression

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NIH Reveals Plan to Fund Human-Animal Chimeras

By | August 4, 2016

The public gets to weigh in before the US government lifts its ban on such research.

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Why Female Orgasm Evolved

By | August 4, 2016

The phenomenon may have arisen to trigger hormonal surges and drive ovulation, scientists propose.

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Study: Last Woolly Mammoths Died of Thirst

By | August 3, 2016

On remote island near Alaska, salt water intrusion and a warming climate killed off the last remaining survivors of the species.

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Ditch the Floss?

By | August 3, 2016

US government agencies can’t provide strong scientific evidence that flossing is beneficial.

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NIMH Names New Director

By | August 3, 2016

Joshua Gordon of Columbia University Medical Center will lead the National Institute of Mental Health.

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Theranos CEO Presents New Device

By | August 2, 2016

The troubled firm’s medical conference appearance didn’t deliver the evidence many hoped for.

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