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Toddler Gets Synthetic Windpipe

By | May 1, 2013

Doctors culture a custom-made trachea from plastic fibers and human cells, and successfully implant it into a child who was born without the organ.

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Website Tracks Happiness Using Twitter

By | May 1, 2013

The day of the Boston Marathon bombings scored lower on the index than any other day since measurements began nearly 5 years ago.

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Europe to Ban Neonicotinoids

By | April 30, 2013

In the midst of an ongoing debate over the role of the pesticides in the deaths of bees, the European Union will restrict their use for 2 years.

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Chemist to Court Over Assistant’s Death

By | April 30, 2013

A University of California, Los Angeles, researcher could face more than four years in jail for the death of his research assistant in a lab accident.

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Republicans Say Peer Review Isn’t Enough

By | April 30, 2013

Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) is writing legislation to change the rules of the NSF’s grant review process.

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Building Complex Brains

By | April 29, 2013

Manipulating a gene that regulates folding in the cerebral cortex can make mouse brains look more human.

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Scientists Celebrate UK Libel Reform

By | April 29, 2013

New libel laws for England and Wales should help protect scientific debate, but campaigners worry that legal costs remain a threat.

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Nobel Prize Winner François Jacob Dies

By | April 26, 2013

The 92-year-old bacterial geneticist who helped pioneer the study of gene regulation has passed away.

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Harvard to Close Primate Center

By | April 26, 2013

The NIH-funded New England Primate Research Center is to be shuttered after 50 years of operation because of the grim outlook for federal funding.

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Week in Review: April 22–26

By | April 26, 2013

Double helix celebrates 60; detecting calories without taste; bacteria vs. tumor; perceptual consciousness in babies

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