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Popular Tumor Cell Line Contaminated

By | August 31, 2016

A commercially available glioblastoma cell line appears to be from a different source than its stated origins.

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Stem Cells Drive Cancer Risk in Mice

By | August 26, 2016

Mutations that arise during stem cell division contribute to the development of cancers in a variety of organs, according to a study.

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Seven More Retractions for Cancer Researcher

By | August 10, 2016

All of the papers had been published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

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The Badger-Cow TB Connection

By | August 5, 2016

Researchers in the U.K. report that badgers may be passing tuberculosis to farm animals not through direct contact, as was previously suspected, but through exposure to urine and feces.

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Wolf Species Are Part Coyote

By | July 28, 2016

Genomic analysis reveals wolves and coyotes have hybridized, potentially complicating wolves' protection under the US Endangered Species Act.

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Classic Example of Symbiosis Revised

By | July 25, 2016

The partnering of an alga and a fungus to make lichen may be only two-thirds of the equation.

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Man and Bird Chat While Honey Hunting

By | July 25, 2016

A study suggests that humans and avians in sub-Saharan Africa communicate to find and mutually benefit from the sweet booty.

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CRISPR Therapy to Enter Trials

By | July 25, 2016

Researchers in China will use the CRISPR-Cas9 system to edit T cells extracted from patients with cancer before those cells are returned to the body to target malignant ones.

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Distinguishing Circulating Tumor from Normal Cell-Free DNA

By | July 19, 2016

Fragments of circulating DNA from tumors are around 20 to 30 base pairs shorter than those from healthy cells, researchers report.

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More than half of the world’s land may have passed the threshold that threatens long-term sustainable development, researchers report.

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