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STAP Drama Continues

By | March 24, 2014

Nearly two months after researchers published papers showing that they could induce pluripotency with an external stressor, the work’s validity is still being challenged.

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New Approach to Killing Cancer

By | March 22, 2014

A drug tested in mice causes tumor cells to explode.  

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Week in Review: March 17–21

By | March 21, 2014

Protein appears to protect stressed neurons; vitamin A’s lifelong effects on immunity; stem cells influenced by substrates; supercharged photosynthesis through nanotechnology

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Python Auto-Pilot

By | March 20, 2014

Invasive snakes in Florida show evidence of a compass sense they use to navigate back to home territory.

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Prehistoric Chicken Terror

By | March 20, 2014

Paleontologists describe a new species of birdlike dinosaur, and it’s pretty terrifying.

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Watson Challenges Cancer

By | March 20, 2014

The IBM supercomputer, famous for its game show performance, will aid in cloud-based analyses of genomic data.  

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BRCA1 Linked to Brain Size

By | March 20, 2014

The breast cancer-associated gene may play a protective role in neural stem cells, a mouse study finds.

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Doubling Up on Brain Power

By | March 19, 2014

Europe and the United States launch a collaboration linking their government-backed initiatives to study the human brain.

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Agricultural Pest Out-Evolves GM Crop

By | March 19, 2014

The corn rootworm has become resistant to a genetically modified maize variety that produces an insecticidal toxin.

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Gut Microbes Gobble Cocoa

By | March 19, 2014

Commensal bacteria that populate the human gastrointestinal tract help digest dark chocolate, releasing anti-inflammatory compounds, researchers report.

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