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Gut Microbes Detoxify Rat Diets

By | July 23, 2014

Foregut microbes in Mojave Desert rats help the animals metabolize creosote toxins.

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Week in Review: July 14–18

By | July 18, 2014

Converting heart muscle to pacemaker cells in pigs; alternative splicing and the human proteome; questioning a reported yogurt mold-illness link; H. pylori swiftly find mouse stomach injuries

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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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Sizable Winged Dinosaur Found

By | July 17, 2014

Analysis of an approximately 125 million-year-old fossil found in China creates a new upper limit for microraptor size.

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Government Cracks Down on Biosecurity

By | July 15, 2014

After a string of incidents leading to lab closures and a moratorium on the transfer of select agents, US labs are reassessing safety threats within their own walls.

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Human Skin Can “Smell” Odors

By | July 10, 2014

Olfactory receptors in the skin may help repair damaged tissue, a study shows.

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Lichen Legion

By | July 2, 2014

Genetic analysis splits one species into 126.

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The Rise of Color

By | July 1, 2014

An analysis of modern birds reveals that carotenoid-based plumage coloring arose several times throughout their evolutionary history, dating as far back as 66 million years ago.

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Medical Marijuana: Where’s the Data?

By | June 30, 2014

As more states legalize therapeutic cannabis, some caution against overprescribing the drug, the benefits of which have not been rigorously tested in clinical trials.

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Omnivore Ancestors?

By | June 26, 2014

Fifty-thousand-year-old feces suggest Neanderthals ate both meat and vegetables.

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