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Reading Tea Leaves

By | February 1, 2012

Cyclic peptides, discovered in an African tea used to speed labor and delivery, may hold potential as drug-stabilizing scaffolds, antibiotics, and anticancer drugs.

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Bat Luck

By | January 1, 2012

An intrepid researcher and her team battle the elements and bouts of misfortune to explore the biodiversity of a brand new African country.

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Cat Cravings

By | January 1, 2012

A mutated feline receptor for sweet tastes explains why cats don’t love sugar but do dig mushrooms.

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Cetacean Cures

By | December 1, 2011

Dolphins heal amazingly quickly from shark bites, with no swelling, infection, and seemingly little pain, but how do they do it?

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Punch Drunk

By | December 1, 2011

After a concussion forces him to retire, a former pro-wrestler starts an institute to study the neurological effects of repeated brain injuries.

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Barcode High

By | December 1, 2011

The story of a group of high school students who, with the help of a Rockefeller University researcher, conducted and published studies on the biological provenance of sushi and teas from around New York City.

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Double Blind

By | October 1, 2011

The mother of disabled twins doggedly pursued the root of her children's illness and found it in their genome profiles.

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Evolution, Tout de Suite

By | October 1, 2011

Epigenetic perturbations could jump-start heritable variation.

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Gorilla Warfare

By | October 1, 2011

As ecotourism becomes more popular, wild apes are succumbing to human diseases.

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Marauding Moths

By | October 1, 2011

Dried plant specimens reveal the origin of an insect pest that has spread throughout Europe.

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