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Embryonic Stem Cell Fight Continues

By | June 27, 2011

A US district court judge will soon rule on whether federal guidelines on human embryonic stem cell funding incentivize the destruction of embryos.

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Universities to the Economic Rescue

By | June 27, 2011

President Barack Obama turns to US academic institutions for innovation and job creation.

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Deadly Trait Combo Arms German E. coli

By | June 27, 2011

The virulent strain that has killed 48 people produces Shiga toxin and sticks to the intestinal wall.

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Warm-Blooded Dinos?

By | June 24, 2011

Evidence that large dinosaurs had body temperatures similar to modern-day mammals suggests they were either endothermic or extremely good at conserving body heat.

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Darwin Goes Digital

By | June 24, 2011

Much of Charles Darwin’s personal library–both his books and what he wrote within them--is now available online.

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Escape Predators, Get Parasites

By | June 24, 2011

A particular predator defense used by water fleas makes them more susceptible to parasite infections, new research shows.

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New and Improved Bone Tests

By | June 23, 2011

Two new approaches to test bone density provide a simpler way to predict risk of osteoporosis.

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New fungal hiding places

By | June 23, 2011

Whether it’s in the arctic or a commonplace kitchen appliance, deadly fungal species wait for the right opportunity to strike.

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Failed vaccine trial raises questions

By | June 23, 2011

In contrast to yesterday’s news about the success of an HPV vaccine program in Australia, an Indian trial of the vaccine is stoking unfounded fear among the public and exposing some questionable ethical standards.

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Spit test predicts age

By | June 23, 2011

Scientists accurately determine age based on DNA methylation patterns from saliva samples.

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