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Defending Science Communication

By | June 10, 2013

Following criticism of a National Cancer Institute communications office budget, biologists defend the spending.

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Opioid Receptors Implicated in PTSD

By | June 7, 2013

A compound that targets a particular opioid receptor in the amygdala reduces the formation of PTSD-like systems in mice subjected to severe trauma.

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Why Many Birds Don’t Have Penises

By | June 7, 2013

In avian species, a gene induces programmed cell death during development in the area where a phallus would otherwise grow.

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Week in Review: June 3–7

By | June 7, 2013

Crowdsourcing biomedical research; bird flu contagion?; zebrafish shed light on inherited muscle disorder; the economics of the Human Genome Project; the epigenetics of pair bonding

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OA Plan to Appease White House?

By | June 6, 2013

Scientific publishers come up with a scheme to disseminate publicly funded research in response to a directive from President Obama’s top science advisor.

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Fossil Sheds Light on Early Primates

By | June 6, 2013

The ancient remains of a tiny primate suggest it likely ate insects, lived in trees, and weighed less than an ounce.

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Hottest Research of 2012 Revealed

By | June 6, 2013

Analysis of citation data from last year suggests that genomics is still the most influential field of research.  

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Debate over Glowing Plants Grows

By | June 5, 2013

A Kickstarter project that promises donors Arabidopsis seeds transfected with firefly genes is causing a stir.

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New Stem Cells Off Limits to Many

By | June 5, 2013

Rules regarding the use of cells derived from human embryos will deny many US researchers the chance to study new stem-cell lines created by cloning.

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Health Budget Distress

By | June 5, 2013

The National Institutes of Health has released a fact sheet on its budget pain following the sequester.

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