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Doctor Who Blocked Thalidomide Dies

By | August 11, 2015

Frances Oldham Kelsey, a physician who halted use of a drug that caused birth defects in babies, has passed away at age 101.

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Scotland Nixing GM Crops

By | August 11, 2015

The country will opt-out of growing genetically modified foods that have been approved for cultivation in the European Union.

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Yeast Genome Doubling

By | August 10, 2015

The results of a computational genetic analysis suggest Saccharomyces cerevisiae doubled its genome through species hybridization.

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New York City reports its eighth victim of Legionnaires’ disease in the past month. Nearly 100 people have been hospitalized.

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Investigating the Four-legged Snake Fossil

By | August 5, 2015

Brazilian officials are trying to determine whether the transformational fossil find was exported illegally from the country.

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Ebola Vax Success

By | August 3, 2015

An experimental vaccine against Ebola virus disease may completely protect people against infection, according to a clinical study in Guinea.

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Prostate Organoid from Stem Cells

By | July 30, 2015

Researchers construct a 3-D cell model of the prostate gland and use it to show that BPA exposure may increase the risk of cancer in the organ.

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Mouse Study Catalogs Gene Functions

By | July 29, 2015

A European consortium identifies phenotypes for 320 genes, assigning new functions for half.

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EMA Green Lights Malaria Vax

By | July 27, 2015

The European Medicines Agency endorses the first-ever malaria vaccine for use in children 6 weeks to 17 months old.

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Four-legged Snake Fossil Found

By | July 27, 2015

Researchers discover an unprecedented paleontological relic that may just rewrite the book on snake evolution.

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