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Ebola Evolved to Be More Infectious

By | November 7, 2016

A mutation that appeared early in the 2014 outbreak made the virus more infectious in humans, scientists show.

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Week in Review: October 31–November 4

By | November 4, 2016

Electron micrographs in color; assessing scientists’ impacts; smoking-linked mutations across tumor types; convergent evolution of mechanism underlying rodent stripes; suppressor mutations

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Tough Crowd

By | November 4, 2016

Reviewers who are experts in a given field are more likely to deliver harsher critiques of papers that hit close to home, researchers report.

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Mutation vs. Mutation

By | November 3, 2016

Yeast study finds many instances—often among related genes—in which a mutation in one gene cancels the negative effects of a mutation in another.

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Artificial Ion Pump Mimics Neuronal Speed, Precision

By | November 3, 2016

Researchers create an artificial nerve that could be the forerunner of neural prosthetics.

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New Support for Experimental Alzheimer’s Drug

By | November 2, 2016

Merck’s verubecestat, which is currently being tested in two Phase 3 studies, is safe, according to newly published Phase 1 data.

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Companionship May Help Chimps Chill Out

By | November 2, 2016

Study suggests chimpanzees get by with a little help from their primate pals.

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Family members with a certain gene variant had unnecessary interventions, highlighting the potential hazards of precision medicine.

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Publisher Retracts Dozens of Studies

By | November 1, 2016

Springer Nature pulls 58 articles in one fell swoop, citing plagiarism and authorship manipulation, among other things.

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PLOS CEO Stepping Down

By | November 1, 2016

Elizabeth Marincola will leave the open-access publisher at the end of the year.

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