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Mad Cow in California

By | April 30, 2012

A variant of the prion disease that causes bovine spongiform encephalopathy was found in the United States.

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Illegal Genes

By | April 30, 2012

California mulls a state law that would criminalize the unauthorized sharing, storing, or analyzing of genetic data.

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Obama’s Plan for a Bioeconomy

By | April 27, 2012

The White House announces a strategy to foster development of biological products in fields ranging from medicine to agriculture.

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Rare Reptiles Breed in Wild

By | April 27, 2012

Two baby ploughshare tortoises born to parents raised in a captive breeding program are discovered in Madagascar, validating the conservation effort.

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Glow-in-the-Dark Sharks

By | April 26, 2012

The hormone melatonin lights up the bellies of pygmy sharks, hiding their silhouette from predators below.

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Cleansing Chinese Publishing

By | April 26, 2012

The country vows to curb misconduct in scholarly publishing.

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An NIH Director Departs

By | April 26, 2012

The newly appointed chief of one Institute gives up his appointment days before starting.

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Conventional Yields Trump Organic

By | April 26, 2012

A new meta-analysis of farming practices suggests that traditional methods of cultivating food plants result in heftier harvests than do organic strategies.

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Amgen Founder Dies

By | April 25, 2012

George Rathmann, father of the biotech industry, passes away.

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Building a Better Sheep

By | April 25, 2012

Chinese scientists claim to have cloned a lamb carrying a roundworm gene that aids in the production of polyunsaturated fatty acids.

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