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Naturalist’s House for Sale

By | April 22, 2013

One of the surviving UK homes of pioneering but long-overlooked evolutionary theorist Alfred Russel Wallace is on the market.

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Turnover at Romanian Funding Agency

By | April 22, 2013

The National Research Council of Romania is looking to replace the 19 members that resigned last week in protest of retroactive budget cuts to existing grants.

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Did Inbreeding Royals Evolve?

By | April 22, 2013

A new study suggests that in the Spanish Habsburg royal family, natural selection may have diminished the most harmful effects of inbreeding.

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Plant DNA Largely Unchanged

By | April 15, 2013

Today’s tulip trees carry similar mitochondrial DNA as those that grew in the time of the dinosaurs.

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Week in Review: April 1-5

By | April 5, 2013

Living fossils not so fossilized; Canadian gov’t threatens scientists’ freedom to speak and publish; gene therapy for sensory disorders; an unusual theory of cancer; clues for an HIV vaccine

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Texas Cancer Agency Unshackled

By | March 21, 2013

Texas’s top officials have authorized the state's troubled cancer research institute to award $71.8 million in recruitment grants that have been on hold since last December.

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Bee Venom for HIV Prevention

By | March 12, 2013

Nanoparticles coated with a toxin found in bee venom can destroy HIV while leaving surrounding cells intact.

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Lucrative Prize for Life Scientists

By | February 21, 2013

Three Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are offering $3 million to scientists demonstrating excellence in biology and medical research.

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Appendix Not Totally Useless

By | February 15, 2013

The small organ evolved too many times for it to be an accident, but it’s still unclear what it does.

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EU Plans Research Budget

By | February 12, 2013

Under new plans to reduce the European Union’s overall spending, science funding did relatively well, but research leaders want more—and they may well get it.

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