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Smoking, Taxes, and Genes

By | December 14, 2012

New research suggests that some smokers may carry a gene variant that makes them less likely to quit simply because cigarette taxes are raised.

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Promiscuous Virus

By | December 14, 2012

Researchers find that a deadly SARS-like virus can infect bat and pig cells, as well as humans.

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GM Rice Researchers Sacked

By | December 13, 2012

An official investigation into a controversial GM rice study carried out with Chinese schoolchildren has resulted in the removal of three China-based researchers.

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Texas Cancer Institute in Hot Water, Again

By | December 13, 2012

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas is under investigation following further concerns about the legitimacy of its grant review process.

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NIH to Go Anonymous?

By | December 13, 2012

The National Institutes of Health is considering a pilot program that would keep the identity of grant applicants hidden from reviewers.

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Elsevier Hacked, Papers Retracted

By | December 12, 2012

Fake peer reviews were submitted to Elsevier due to a glitch in the publisher's security system, resulting in the retraction of 11 papers.

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Single Patent for EU

By | December 12, 2012

After decades of political wrangling, the European Union is poised to introduce a single patent system to reduce red tape and application costs for researchers and companies.

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Old Ocean Mold

By | December 12, 2012

Fungi in 100 million year-old seafloor sediments could possess novel antibiotics.

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From Urine to Neurons

By | December 11, 2012

Scientists have developed new method for generating brain cells from urine, speeding up the process and eliminating some of the problems with previous techniques.

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Losing the Funding Fight

By | December 11, 2012

A researcher tries and fails to garner support for petitions to increase the National Institutes of Health’s budget as sequestration looms.

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