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Surface of Mars Hostile to Microbes

By | July 6, 2017

Researchers confirm that chemicals present in the dust of the Red Planet are highly toxic to bacteria.

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Bioethicist and Law Professor Dies

By | July 6, 2017

John Robertson was known for his contributions to reproductive medicine ethics and for solidifying the scholarly connection between biomedicine and law.

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The proposed criteria for seeking out the chemicals were criticized by a number of groups, including scientific societies and environmental advocates.

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In two early trials, vaccines tailored to the mutations in individuals’ cancers appeared to protect 12 of 19 patients against relapse. 

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Two reports raise concerns about privacy and proper consent during a controversial data-sharing agreement, but find that only the National Health Service broke the law.

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Study: Microglia Tied to Weight Gain in Mice

By | July 5, 2017

Just by activating these immune cells in the brain, scientists could make mice eat more and burn fewer calories.

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Neanderthal-Human Interbreeding Got an Early Start

By | July 5, 2017

Mitochondrial DNA in Neanderthal bone suggests humans first left Africa earlier than previously thought.

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Sudden Infant Death Tied to Serotonin

By | July 3, 2017

One-third of babies who died of SIDS had higher-than-normal levels of the neurotransmitter in their blood serum, according to a study. 

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International agencies responded quickly to the crisis, but some public health officials say the world may not be ready for a bigger outbreak.

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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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