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Zoo Virus Swap

By | August 17, 2012

A polar bear in a German zoo dies after contracting a virus normally found in zebras.

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Cephalopod-Inspired Robot

By | August 17, 2012

A color-changing machine mimics the rubbery body and flexible movements of octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish.

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Cancer-Causing Gut Bacteria

By | August 17, 2012

Mice with inflammatory bowel disease harbor gut bacteria that damage host DNA, predisposing mice to cancer.

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Court Rules Gene Patents Valid

By | August 17, 2012

Myriad Genetics can hold patents on the BRAC1 and BRAC2 oncogenes, but not on tests comparing DNA sequences.

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Eco-friendly Flush

By | August 17, 2012

A solar-powered toilet that converts human waste into electricity snags first place—and $100,000—at the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.

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Embryonic Stem Cells Survive Freezing

By | August 16, 2012

Even after 18 years of frozen storage, human embryos can still produce viable stem cells for drug screening and biomedical research.

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Protecting the World’s Oceans

By | August 16, 2012

An international group of researchers gives a score to coastal nations for their contribution to ocean health, and identifies main concerns.

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Pharma Whistleblower

By | August 16, 2012

A former manager at Genentech claims the company bypassed ethical and clinical guidelines in order to rush a promising drug through clinical trials.

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HIV Drugs Go Generic

By | August 16, 2012

Patent expirations of one HIV drugs will make the disease cheaper—but also more cumbersome—to treat.

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The Spying Egg

By | August 15, 2012

Scientists place a silicon-filled computerized egg in a swan nest to learn about the birds’ hatching process.

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