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Using simulations, scientists report that a mixture of termites and plant competition may be responsible for the strange patterns of earth surrounded by plants in the Namib desert. 

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Ancient Origins of Retroviruses

By | January 12, 2017

Foamy-like endogenous retroviruses may have emerged more than 450 million years ago, according to an analysis.

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First Bumblebee Species Declared Endangered in U.S.

By | January 11, 2017

The federal government concludes the rusty patched bumblebee is nearing extinction.

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More Anti-CRISPR Proteins to Block Cas9

By | December 29, 2016

The latest CRISPR deactivators to be discovered turn off the Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9 widely used in genome editing.

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Cheetah Range Drops 90 Percent

By | December 27, 2016

Estimating only 7,100 individuals remaining, researchers urge a reclassification of the species from vulnerable to endangered.

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Researchers Propose Solution to Gene Drive Technology Problem

By | November 23, 2016

Scientists are getting to closer to developing a technique that can suppress mosquito populations on a continental scale, based on preliminary modeling results.

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Scientists Can’t Replicate Gene-Editing Method

By | November 21, 2016

Even with the original authors’ vector, the NgAgo technique doesn’t work in others’ hands.

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Virus Provides Clues About Geography

By | November 18, 2016

Researchers use genotypes of a virus commonly found in semen to trace men’s geographic origins.

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Mutation vs. Mutation

By | November 3, 2016

Yeast study finds many instances—often among related genes—in which a mutation in one gene cancels the negative effects of a mutation in another.

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Family members with a certain gene variant had unnecessary interventions, highlighting the potential hazards of precision medicine.

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