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Sources of MERS Still Unknown

By | September 23, 2013

As the death toll rises, scientists scour the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus genome for clues as to how it first infected humans.

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Evolution of H7N9

By | September 20, 2013

Genetic diversity helped avian influenza A viruses make the leap from birds to humans, researchers report.

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Lab Tubes Contaminated with Virus

By | September 20, 2013

A novel virus thought to have come from human samples appears to have been derived from seawater during the manufacture of tubes used to extract DNA.  

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Week in Review: September 16–20

By | September 20, 2013

Dealing with anonymous misconduct allegations; efficiently generating iPSCs; distinguishing viral infections from non-viral; imaging tau in vivo

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GM Rice Researcher Barred from Human Studies

By | September 19, 2013

The lead investigator on a controversial study announces her retirement as Tufts releases a report citing ethics violations in genetically modified food research.

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MIT Provost Steps Down

By | September 18, 2013

Chris Kaiser, a molecular biologist, leaves his administrative post to return to research and teaching.

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Preliminary BRAIN Plans

By | September 18, 2013

An NIH working group lays out nine research areas the new federal neuroscience initiative will fund.

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Australia Loses Science Minister

By | September 18, 2013

For the first time since 1931, the incoming Prime Minister of Australia did not appoint a science chief.

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Consent at Last

By | September 18, 2013

A working group including members of the Lacks family approves the first projects to use the HeLa genome.

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Healthy Lifestyle Lengthens Telomeres?

By | September 18, 2013

Diet, exercise, and stress management may lengthen telomeres, a new study shows, though some scientists are skeptical.

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