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Connectome Makes Some Noise

By | November 7, 2012

NIH Director Francis Collins touts the project to map neural connections in the human brain as recording the mind’s “symphony.”  

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Industry Donates Big This Election

By | November 6, 2012

Biotech, pharmaceutical, and insurance companies have spent a record-breaking amount this election—nearly $200 million.

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Gingers More Prone to Skin Cancer

By | November 2, 2012

Researchers identify an unexpected molecular explanation for the higher incidence of skin cancer in redheads.

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Retraction Backlash

By | November 1, 2012

Retracting a paper from the scientific literature can lead to fewer citations for related studies.  

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Fair Flu Viruses Closely Matched

By | October 30, 2012

A study finds that the genomes of swine and human flu viruses associated with a county fair in Ohio are almost perfectly matched, suggesting interspecies transmission.

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mRNA Not Equal in All Cells

By | October 26, 2012

Scientists identify a false assumption of standard gene expression analyses that could lead to the reappraisal of many prior studies.

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Skimping on Research Funds

By | October 26, 2012

Research spending dropped $4 billion dollars in 2011, and could continue to drop, according to a new report.

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hESC Opponents File with Supreme Court

By | October 12, 2012

Scientists fighting the federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research bring their case before the country’s highest court.

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Salmonella Strain Spreads Alongside HIV

By | October 1, 2012

Researchers find that a deadly bacterial disease hitchhikes in people infected with the virus that causes AIDS to spread throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

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Fewer Dollars for Universities

By | September 27, 2012

The United States government is concerned over the declining levels of state funding for public research universities, citing a threat to overall economic health.

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