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Not Swine Flu

By | February 18, 2014

The strain of influenza that caused the 1918 pandemic probably came from birds, a study shows.

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Genetic Atlas

By | February 17, 2014

Researchers trace the mixing of human populations using DNA.

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Week in Review: February 10–14

By | February 14, 2014

First Ancient North American genome; cannabinoids connect hunger with olfaction and eating; biotechs explore crowdfunding; confronting creationism

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Royal Treatment

By | February 12, 2014

Scientists in the U.K. will sequence the genome of King Richard III.

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Week in Review: February 3–7

By | February 7, 2014

Federal stem cell regulations vary; Salmonella exploit host immune system; microglia help maintain synaptic connections; prosthesis re-creates feeling of touch

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The Flight Size

By | February 5, 2014

The metabolic intensity of powered flight seems to have caused some bird genomes to shrink.

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First CRISPR-Tinkered Primates Born

By | February 3, 2014

Twin macaques are the first primates born whose genomes were edited using CRISPR technology.

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Week in Review: January 27–31

By | January 31, 2014

Stimulus-triggered pluripotency; antioxidants speed lung tumor growth; the importance of seminal vesicles; how a plant pathogen jumps hosts

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Inner Neanderthal

By | January 30, 2014

Two studies demonstrate the extent of Neanderthal DNA that persists in modern human genomes.

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Rethinking Pre-Agricultural Humans

By | January 28, 2014

Analysis of a 7,000-year-old human genome suggests that Mesolithic people had relatively dark skin and had begun to evolve pathogen resistance characteristic of modern Europeans. 

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