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Iron-Ferrying Protein Impedes Pathogens

By | December 15, 2014

Meningitis-causing bacteria exerted strong evolutionary pressure on an iron-binding protein in primates, a study shows.

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2015 Science Funding Flat

By | December 15, 2014

The US legislature passed a spending agreement for next year, and the deal has only modest increases for federal science agencies.

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Ebola Update

By | December 11, 2014

NIH admits new patient; joint pains stall clinical trial; U.S. grants immunity to vaccine developers; more

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Evolution in Oil Droplets

By | December 9, 2014

For the first time, researchers have mimicked biological evolution using chemicals instead of living organisms.

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Royal Remains Confirmed

By | December 3, 2014

Bones unearthed in 2012 are likely those of King Richard III, a new DNA analysis shows.

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Enzyme Design

By | December 3, 2014

Researchers create synthetic enzymes in the lab, encoded by artificial genetic material.

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23andMe Expands to U.K.

By | December 2, 2014

British consumers can buy the genetic testing-associated health prediction service forbidden by the US government.

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Ebola Vaccine Candidate Shows Promise

By | December 1, 2014

An experimental Ebola vaccine developed by the US National Institutes of Health appears to be safe and effective, according to a small, early-stage clinical trial.

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Gene Jumped to All Three Domains of Life

By | December 1, 2014

By horizontal gene transfer, an antibacterial gene family has dispersed to a plant, an insect, several fungi, and an archaeon.

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Tapeworm Inhabits Man’s Brain for Years

By | November 24, 2014

Researchers sequence a rare species of parasitic worm pulled from a patient’s cerebrum, where it was causing seizures, headaches, and flashbacks.

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