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Supreme Court Nixes Patenting Human Genes

By | June 13, 2013

The Justices have decided that isolated sequences of human DNA are not eligible for patent protection, but rules that artificial sequences can be patented.  

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Ripening Genes Pegged

By | June 13, 2013

Researchers identify thousands of plant genes activated by the gaseous hormone ethylene, which influences ripening, pathogen defense, growth regulation, and more.

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Genomics Investment Boosts US Economy

By | June 13, 2013

A new analysis suggests that the Human Genome Project has delivered $178 for every federal dollar invested, but many analysts are not convinced by the figures.

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US Chimps May Get Endangered Status

By | June 13, 2013

A proposal to grant captive chimpanzees the same endangered species status as wild chimps could hamper medical research.

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Distantly Related Viruses Proliferate Similarly

By | June 12, 2013

Whether infecting hot spring-dwelling microbes or humans, viruses co-opt the same group of proteins to assemble themselves and break out of cells.

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UK Scientists Braced for Spending Review

By | June 12, 2013

Reassurances from the chap in charge of government spending have not assuaged researchers’ concerns that Britain’s science budgets will be cut.

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US Research Fleet Bottoming Out

By | June 12, 2013

Without major investment, the federal oceanographic fleet will shrink to a third of its current size over the next 20 years.

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The Solution to Medical Isotope Shortages?

By | June 11, 2013

A Canadian lab demonstrates upgrades to hospital cyclotrons that can yield enough diagnostic tracer element overnight to meet an entire city’s daily needs.

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Dog Disease Threatens Tigers

By | June 11, 2013

Wildlife veterinarians plan to track the canine distemper virus in Indonesia.

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image: FDA Considers Easing Controls on Diabetes Drug

FDA Considers Easing Controls on Diabetes Drug

By | June 11, 2013

A panel of advisors says that the agency should loosen restrictions on the sale of a diabetes drug with a spotty clinical safety record.  

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