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Fair Flu Viruses Closely Matched

By | October 30, 2012

A study finds that the genomes of swine and human flu viruses associated with a county fair in Ohio are almost perfectly matched, suggesting interspecies transmission.

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Hurricane Sandy Blows Through

By | October 30, 2012

Floods, downed trees, and power outages greet the East Coast this morning.

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A Reprogramming Histone

By | October 29, 2012

The scientist who pioneered cloning has found that a histone may act as a cellular reset button.  

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Bacterial Cocktail Treats Infection

By | October 29, 2012

Mice fed a mix of six strains of bacteria were able to fight a C. difficile infection that causes deadly diarrhea and is resistant to most types of treatment.

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Can Magnesium Magnify Brain Power?

By | October 29, 2012

A magnesium supplement thought to improve brain functioning gets a small clinical trial.

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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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