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Gut Microbes Prevent Locust Swarms

By | January 15, 2014

Migratory locusts are less likely to aggregate into crop-devastating swarms when infected by the parasite Paranosema locustae.

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New Budget Bill Short Shrifts Science

By | January 15, 2014

The omnibus spending bill unveiled by US Congress this week would restore some research budgets cut by sequestration, but critics say it's not enough.

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Fewer Female Snail Penises

By | January 14, 2014

Researchers are now spotting fewer cases of imposex—in which female sea snails develop male sexual organs—as a result of a chemical ban instituted in 2008.

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Group Aims for Biomarker Standards

By | January 14, 2014

A new alliance between industry, academia, and the government wants to boost the “dismal” success rate of biomarker development.

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GeneLink Settles

By | January 14, 2014

Another personal genomics company faces government pressure—this time from the Federal Trade Commission.

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The Powerful Placebo

By | January 13, 2014

A new study suggests that sugar pills can reduce patients’ self-reported symptoms—even if they know it’s a sham.

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Large Carnivores Under Siege

By | January 13, 2014

As populations of top predators decline in ecosystems the world over, researchers chart the widespread effects.

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Caffeine Boosts Memory Consolidation?

By | January 13, 2014

A new study purports to show that post-learning caffeine consumption can improve memory, but some scientists are not convinced.

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Microbes Expel Swarms of Vesicles

By | January 10, 2014

Scientists present the first evidence that marine cyanobacteria release vesicles—billions and billions of vesicles.

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Toxin Wipes Out Persistent HIV

By | January 10, 2014

An antibody-toxin combo kills residual HIV hiding out in the organs of mice.

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