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Week in Review: May 6 – 10

By | May 10, 2013

Telomeres and disease; Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes may fight malaria; bat tongue mops nectar; newly sequenced genomes

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Ocean Floor Holds Ancient DNA

By | May 8, 2013

Genetic material recovered from sediment beneath the sea floor reveals ancient species not contained in the fossil record and could shed light on climate change.

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Fat Hormone Controls Diabetes

By | May 8, 2013

A small protein produced by fat cells appears to regulate blood sugar levels, potentially revealing a new way to treat diabetes.

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“Anonymous” Genomes Identified

By | May 3, 2013

The names and addresses of people participating in the Personal Genome Project can be easily tracked down despite such data being left off their online profiles.

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Week in Review: April 22–26

By | April 26, 2013

Double helix celebrates 60; detecting calories without taste; bacteria vs. tumor; perceptual consciousness in babies

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Celebrating 60 Years of the Double Helix

By | April 25, 2013

Genome Biology speaks to a scientist involved in the discovery of the structure of DNA, and asks modern geneticists to highlight the key advances that have followed.

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Bacteria Make Diesel Molecules

By | April 24, 2013

By engineering the genome of E. coli with genes from several sources, scientists have coaxed the microbe to produce diesel-replica hydrocarbons.

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Italy Animal Lab Trashed

By | April 24, 2013

Animal-rights activists devastate a psychiatric research lab at the University of Milan.

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Virus Versus Bacteria

By | April 17, 2013

A newly developed drug, modeled after a bacteria-infecting virus, is less likely to become antibiotic resistant.

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Supreme Court Considers Gene Patents

By | April 16, 2013

A decision will not be reached until later in the year, but the United States’ top justices appear to be inclined to rule against the validity of patenting human genes.

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