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Appendix Not Totally Useless

By | February 15, 2013

The small organ evolved too many times for it to be an accident, but it’s still unclear what it does.

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Placental Ancestor Found

By | February 11, 2013

A small insect-eating animal is the common ancestor of whales, elephants, dogs, and humans.

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New TB Vaccine Fails Trial

By | February 4, 2013

One of the most advanced tuberculosis vaccines has failed to protect infants from getting the disease in a clinical trial, but it may be effective in adults.

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Stem-Cell Clinic Moves to Mexico

By | February 1, 2013

A company offering experimental stem-cell treatments will carry out its procedures in Mexico after the FDA warned that it would need approval to operate in the U.S.  

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Predator-Savvy Shark Embryos

By | January 10, 2013

Bamboo sharks still developing in their egg cases respond to a predator presence by ceasing movement and even breathing.

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Deaf Mice Hear Again

By | January 10, 2013

A drug applied to the ears of deaf mice has prompted the regrowth of noise-damaged hair cells and resulted in slight improvements in the animals’ hearing.

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Breast Cancer Pioneer Dies

By | January 3, 2013

Elwood Jensen, whose research inspired new treatments for breast cancer, has passed away at age 92.

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Evolutionary Biologist Dies

By | January 2, 2013

Carl Woese, the discoverer of the third domain of life, has passed away at age 84.

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Bones Get in Her Eyes

By | December 20, 2012

After undergoing untested cosmetic surgery that uses stem cells to rejuvenate skin, a woman grew bone fragments in the flesh around one of her eyes.

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Chimp Patents Challenged

By | November 16, 2012

Three patents on transgenic apes in the European Union will be challenged by animal rights activists.

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