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Using simulations, scientists report that a mixture of termites and plant competition may be responsible for the strange patterns of earth surrounded by plants in the Namib desert. 

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First Bumblebee Species Declared Endangered in U.S.

By | January 11, 2017

The federal government concludes the rusty patched bumblebee is nearing extinction.

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The US House of Representatives “Select Investigative Panel” recommends that the NIH investigate fetal tissue research, and consider no longer funding certain types. 

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NIH: Allergen-Exposure Strategy Can Prevent Peanut Allergy

By | January 5, 2017

In light of recent allergen-exposure studies, an agency-sponsored panel has formally recommended early introduction of peanuts in an effort to prevent potentially life-threatening allergies.

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Cheetah Range Drops 90 Percent

By | December 27, 2016

Estimating only 7,100 individuals remaining, researchers urge a reclassification of the species from vulnerable to endangered.

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Oncologists have raised concerns about a mouse study that suggests the vaccine for human papillomavirus could cause brain damage.

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Biomedical Research Bill Approved in House

By | December 1, 2016

The 21st Century Cures Act could provide funds to federal research agencies for the decade and accelerate the drug approval process.

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Trump Announces HHS, CMS Picks

By | November 30, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump chooses Representative Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Seema Verma to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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image: More Success Fixing Sickle Cell Gene with CRISPR

More Success Fixing Sickle Cell Gene with CRISPR

By | November 9, 2016

Researchers say they have sufficient in vitro and animal data to apply for human testing.

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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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