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Meet the Lady Gaga Ferns

By | October 26, 2012

Culturally conscious researchers name a new plant genus after the reigning queen of pop.

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mRNA Not Equal in All Cells

By | October 26, 2012

Scientists identify a false assumption of standard gene expression analyses that could lead to the reappraisal of many prior studies.

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Skimping on Research Funds

By | October 26, 2012

Research spending dropped $4 billion dollars in 2011, and could continue to drop, according to a new report.

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Beware of Striking Medical Studies

By | October 25, 2012

A large-scale statistical analysis shows that medical studies revealing “very large effects” seldom stand up when other researchers try to replicate them.

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Electrical Bacteria

By | October 25, 2012

Individuals of a newly discovered microbe species line up end-to-end to form electron transport cables many times their length.

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Further Dismissal of GM Corn Study

By | October 25, 2012

A handful of French science academies and government agencies add to a growing chorus of doubts that genetically modified corn causes tumors and early death in rats.

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Robot Mends Hearts in Britain

By | October 24, 2012

A remote-controlled robot helps British surgeons repair heart defects.

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Cranking Up Biosecurity

By | October 24, 2012

The federal government tightens regulations on SARS and other deadly viruses, but the changes could hamper research.

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Save the NIH from Sequestration

By | October 24, 2012

A biomedical advocacy group asks Congress to protect the National Institutes of Health from the $2.5 billion cut that may be coming down the pike.

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Discredited Stem Cell Researcher Fired

By | October 23, 2012

The researcher who falsely claimed to treat human patients with their own stem cells is dismissed, but insists that he did perform the procedure on one patient.

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