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Snakebites Get DNA Fingerprint Treatment

By | November 4, 2014

Researchers have developed a technique for determining the species of snake responsible for a bite by sequencing genetic material from the fang marks.

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Rare Disease to Inform Ebola Susceptibility?

By | November 4, 2014

Parents of children with the fatal genetic disease Niemann-Pick Type C are taking an active role in research to understand how mutations associated with the disease may protect against Ebola.

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Tumor Exosomes Make microRNAs

By | October 27, 2014

Cellular blebs shed by tumor cells can process short stretches of RNA that go on to induce tumor formation in neighboring cells.

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45,000 Year-Old Bone Sequenced

By | October 24, 2014

The oldest human genome to have been sequenced came from a leg bone preserved in Siberia.

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Ancient Europeans Were Lactose Intolerant

By | October 21, 2014

Five-thousand years after agricultural practices spread across Neolithic Europe, human populations remained unable to digest sugars from the milk of mammals.

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NYC’s Pathogen-Riddled Rats

By | October 15, 2014

Researchers find more than a dozen brand new viruses lurking in rodents inhabiting the Big Apple.

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Lab-Made Insulin-Secreting Cells

By | October 13, 2014

Researchers craft hormone-producing pancreas cells from human embryonic stem cells, paving the way for a cell therapy to treat diabetes.

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Chimp Culture Caught on Camera

By | October 1, 2014

Researchers have captured footage of wild chimpanzees teaching each other to use tools, lending support to the idea that humans aren’t the only primates to engage in social learning.

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CRISPR Knock-in Mouse Debuts

By | September 29, 2014

Researchers have created a line of model mice that naturally express Cas9, paving the way for rapid precision gene-editing.

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GeneHub’s Crowdfunding Flub

By | September 29, 2014

A campaign to build a direct-to-consumer genome sequencing service pulls the plug after two days of fundraising.

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