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Secret Botulism Paper Published

By | October 18, 2013

The discovery of a new form of the deadly botulinum toxin gets published, but its sequence is kept under wraps until an antidote is developed.

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Week in Review: October 14–18

By | October 18, 2013

Ancient mosquito fossilized with blood meal; waste in academic research; the ethics of guest authorship; US government shutdown ends

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FDA Considers Three-Parent IVF

By | October 17, 2013

The US regulatory agency will meet next week to discuss whether to allow human trials of a technique that combines the genetic information of three adults.

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Ketamine Alternative Shows Promise

By | October 17, 2013

Researchers show that lanicemine is an effective antidepressant without the adverse effects of the related hallucinogenic drug.

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A New Antibiotic?

By | October 16, 2013

Scientists show that peptide-conjugated phosphorodiamidate morpholino oligomers can effectively silence essential bacterial genes.

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NFL Gear Yields Little for Cancer

By | October 16, 2013

Only a small proportion of money made from breast cancer-themed football merchandise actually supports efforts to combat the disease.  

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A Lot Like Humans

By | October 15, 2013

Scientists find that bonobos can form friendships and show concern for others.

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Ada Lovelace Day

By | October 15, 2013

Scientists around the world celebrate the computing pioneer by focusing on women in STEM.

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Get Off the Pot

By | October 15, 2013

Researchers demonstrate the successful treatment of marijuana abuse in rats and monkeys.

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Useless Peer Review?

By | October 15, 2013

A study shows that the methods by which scientists evaluate each other’s work are error-prone and poor at measuring merit.

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