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Week in Review: August 5–9

By | August 9, 2013

Flu researchers propose H7N9 studies; NIH makes deal to share HeLa genome; herbal “remedies” can cause cancer; scientists record grid cell activity in humans

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image: Male Lineage Not Younger Than Females

Male Lineage Not Younger Than Females

By | August 2, 2013

Two genomic studies place the divergence of men from their most recent common ancestor nearer in time to that of women, though the field is far from a consensus.

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image: Week in Review, July 15–19

Week in Review, July 15–19

By | July 19, 2013

Bias in preclinical research; medical marijuana for kids; a swath of microbial genomes; plastic ocean habitats; rethinking scientific evaluation

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image: Week in Review, July 8–12

Week in Review, July 8–12

By | July 12, 2013

Editor accused of fraud leaves post; the good and the bad of gut microbiota; bacterial gene shuffle; legal restrictions hamper illicit drug research; antibodies and autism

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image: “Bigfoot” Samples Yield Opossum DNA

“Bigfoot” Samples Yield Opossum DNA

By | July 2, 2013

Supposed Sasquatch samples turn out to be a mix of opossum and other known species, according to a new analysis.

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image: Identifying Spurious Cancer Mutations

Identifying Spurious Cancer Mutations

By | June 19, 2013

Researchers reveal why analyses of cancer-causing mutations are riddled with false positives and demonstrate a new approach that eliminates the problem.

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image: Supreme Court Nixes Patenting Human Genes

Supreme Court Nixes Patenting Human Genes

By | June 13, 2013

The Justices have decided that isolated sequences of human DNA are not eligible for patent protection, but rules that artificial sequences can be patented.  

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image: Ripening Genes Pegged

Ripening Genes Pegged

By | June 13, 2013

Researchers identify thousands of plant genes activated by the gaseous hormone ethylene, which influences ripening, pathogen defense, growth regulation, and more.

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image: Genomics Investment Boosts US Economy

Genomics Investment Boosts US Economy

By | June 13, 2013

A new analysis suggests that the Human Genome Project has delivered $178 for every federal dollar invested, but many analysts are not convinced by the figures.

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image: The Solution to Medical Isotope Shortages?

The Solution to Medical Isotope Shortages?

By | June 11, 2013

A Canadian lab demonstrates upgrades to hospital cyclotrons that can yield enough diagnostic tracer element overnight to meet an entire city’s daily needs.

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