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FDA Spies on its Own

By | July 17, 2012

The federal agency's surveillance of staffers feared to be leaking confidential information about medical devices was wider than previously thought.

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Mosquito Gut Bacteria to Fight Malaria

By | July 17, 2012

Researchers engineer a member of the insect's intestinal flora to help thwart the malaria parasite before it can infect new hosts.

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Withdrawn Sepsis Drug Vindicated

By | July 17, 2012

A new study suggests that a drug for blood poisoning that was withdrawn by its manufacturer does work after all.

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The Plankton Schooner

By | July 16, 2012

The results from a research vessel that collected plankton samples from the world's oceans are starting to pour in, revealing an impressive level of previously undiscovered biodiversity.

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UK Pushes Open Access

By | July 16, 2012

Starting in April 2013, research supported by the United Kingdom government must be made freely available within 6 months of publication.

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Sidestepping the Synthetic Drug Ban

By | July 16, 2012

Chemists are already finding ways to circumvent a new federal law cracking down on marijuana and methamphetamine mimics.

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Robots vs. Radiation

By | July 13, 2012

A trial comparing the effectiveness of robotic surgery and radiation for the treatment of throat cancer has begun in Canada.

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Another Victim of Suspicious Data

By | July 13, 2012

The researcher who raised questions about the studies by social psychologist Dirk Smeesters flags dodgy data from another scientist.

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Flies Evolve to Count

By | July 12, 2012

Researchers breed fruit flies that, after 40 generations of conditioning, have acquired the ability to react to numbers.

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Small-Brained Fish Make More Babies

By | July 12, 2012

Guppies with experimentally shrunken brains produced more offspring than guppies bred for larger noggins, confirming a long suspected tradeoff of bigger brains.

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