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Spider and Centipede Venom Remarkably Similar

By | June 12, 2015

The predatory toxins employed by animals separated by millions of years of evolution are virtually identical, a study shows.

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Week in Review: June 8–12

By | June 12, 2015

Sperm from ovaries in mutant fish; somatic mosaicism in humans; #DistractinglySexy

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NIH Extramural Research Head Resigns

By | June 11, 2015

Sally Rockey, deputy director of extramural research at the National Institutes of Health, is leaving the agency this fall to lead an agriculture nonprofit.

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Synthetic Biology Entrepreneur Dies

By | June 11, 2015

Austen Heinz, who founded Cambrian Genomics to custom print DNA and had grand ideas about designing organisms, has passed away at age 31.

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MERS Sequence Analysis

By | June 11, 2015

The strain of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus currently circulating in South Korea is highly similar to the one in the pathogen’s namesake region.

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Casting a Small Net

By | June 10, 2015

Scientists inject flexible, electronic mesh structures into mouse brains to track neurons in real time.

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Tippling Chimps Caught in the Act

By | June 10, 2015

Researchers in Africa observe chimpanzees stealing palm wine from villagers’ cups and imbibing the beverage.

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The Cost of Irreproducible Research

By | June 10, 2015

Half of basic science studies cannot be replicated, according to a new analysis—to the tune of $28 billion a year in the U.S.

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Researchers report finding evidence of red blood cells and proteins in 75-million-year-old dinosaur fossils.

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Ebola Virus Virulence

By | June 9, 2015

The strain of Ebola that has circulated in West Africa for the last year takes longer to kill macaques than the virus that caused an outbreak in Central Africa in 1976.

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