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Chikungunya Vaccine Clears Phase 1

By | August 18, 2014

Early-stage clinical trial yields promising results. 

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Biotech Terminates IPO

By | August 15, 2014

The Israeli firm Vascular Biogenics withdrew its initial public offering after six days of trading. 

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How Bulgy Bears Keep Diabetes at Bay

By | August 8, 2014

A genetic switch in hibernating bears keeps the animals from becoming insulin-resistant. 

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Pioneering Cancer Researcher Dies

By | August 6, 2014

Emmanuel Farber, past American Association for Cancer Research president who advanced fundamental understanding of chemical carcinogenesis, has passed away at age 95.

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A Blood-based Biomarker for Suicide?

By | July 31, 2014

Epigenetic and genetic changes in the SKA2 gene are correlated with suicidal behaviors, researchers show.

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Autism in the Genes

By | July 22, 2014

Researchers determine that heritability outweighs non-genetic risk factors when it comes to the developmental disorder.

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Flipped Fat-burning Linked to Cancer Cachexia

By | July 22, 2014

Conversion of white fat to brown is associated with muscle atrophy and weight loss in cancer patients.

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First Chikungunya Contracted in U.S.

By | July 18, 2014

A Florida man becomes the first US resident who has not recently traveled outside the country to be diagnosed with an infection from the mosquito-borne virus.

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Books on the Beagle

By | July 17, 2014

An online reconstruction makes the library from Darwin’s famed ship more accessible. 

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The Genetics of Friendship

By | July 16, 2014

People tend to choose friends who share their genes, a study suggests.

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