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American Chestnut to Rise Again

By | October 5, 2012

The American chestnut tree, almost wiped out by a fungus from Asia, could soon be resurrected in blight-resistant form.

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Anti-GMO Study is “Inadequate”

By | October 5, 2012

The European Food Safety Authority is unconvinced by a study linking genetically modified crops to cancer and early death.

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Australian Panel Recommends Science Revamp

By | October 5, 2012

A government-created committee suggests that Australia reinvigorate its biomedical research enterprise.

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Anticlimactic Debate

By | October 4, 2012

Science, environmental, and health experts were left wanting by the first presidential debate.

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Quick Genome Screen for Baby

By | October 4, 2012

A new streamlined method for sequencing and analysing whole genomes could help physicians quickly diagnose children with genetic diseases.

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Vegetarian Vampires?

By | October 4, 2012

A small but vicious-toothed dinosaur may have dined mostly on plants, challenging the idea that fangs are hallmarks of carnivores.

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Diversity in Life Science Proves Elusive

By | October 3, 2012

Increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in science and medicine has not benefitted everyone equally.

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Life Scientists Get Genius Grants

By | October 3, 2012

The MacArthur Foundation has awarded $500,000, 5-year grants to 4 biologists.

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Nobelist to Psychologists: Shape Up!

By | October 3, 2012

Daniel Kahneman, who won a Nobel Prize in 2002, has issued a warning to a subset of his psychologist colleagues, telling them to increase the reproducibility of their research.

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Retraction Remorse

By | October 3, 2012

The journal that published and abruptly retracted the first study linking the lab-made virus XMRV to disease apologizes to the authors.

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