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Bacterial Enzyme an Antismoking Aid?

By | August 10, 2015

A compound that degrades nicotine before it reaches the brain could serve as a successful smoking cessation therapy, according to an in vitro study.

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Yeast Genome Doubling

By | August 10, 2015

The results of a computational genetic analysis suggest Saccharomyces cerevisiae doubled its genome through species hybridization.

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Burn Victims Produce Brown Fat

By | August 7, 2015

Following extreme trauma, patients’ adipose samples have revealed—for the first time in humans—that white fat can be converted into energy-burning brown fat.

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Week in Review: August 3–7

By | August 7, 2015

Copy number variants in humans; chemical-only approach turns skin cells into neurons; courts rule on retraction, a nutrition researcher’s libel suit, and more

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Legionnaires’ Disease Kills Eight in NYC

By | August 6, 2015

New York City reports its eighth victim of Legionnaires’ disease in the past month. Nearly 100 people have been hospitalized.

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Spice of Life?

By | August 6, 2015

A large prospective study links the consumption of spicy foods to reduced mortality risk.

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Legal Battle Between UCSD, USC Continues

By | August 6, 2015

The University of Southern California countersues the University of California, San Diego, as a pharmaceutical company ends an Alzheimer’s research–related contract with the latter institution.

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Gut Microbiome After Weight-Loss Surgery

By | August 5, 2015

Gastric bypass surgery can have long-term effects on the composition of the gut microbiome, a small study shows.

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Ancient Reproduction

By | August 5, 2015

Deep-sea rangeomorphs that lived more than 540 million years ago used two methods of reproduction, according to a study of fossils.

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Investigating the Four-legged Snake Fossil

By | August 5, 2015

Brazilian officials are trying to determine whether the transformational fossil find was exported illegally from the country.

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