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Virus May Explain “Melting” Sea Stars

By | November 19, 2014

Researchers discover a densovirus that is strongly associated with sea star wasting disease.

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Zeroing in on the “Gay Gene”

By | November 19, 2014

The largest study yet of the genetic roots of homosexuality links sexual preference in men to two regions of the genome.

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Sealed With a Kiss

By | November 17, 2014

A single intimate smooch can transfer upwards of 80 million bacteria.

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Sniff While You Sleep

By | November 14, 2014

Smokers light up less after smelling cigarette smoke together with foul odors during sleep, a study shows.

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Week in Review: November 10–14

By | November 14, 2014

Funding for African science; microbiome studies may have contamination worries; mind-controlled gene expression; DNA record keeper

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When Males Kill Young

By | November 13, 2014

Many social factors contributed to the evolution of male infanticide in mammal societies.

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Butterfly Eyespots Deflect Predation

By | November 12, 2014

Researchers show that patterned coloration can be an effective means of distracting predators from vital body parts.

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DNA Extraction Kits Contaminated

By | November 11, 2014

Sequencing study reveals low levels of microbes in lab reagents that can create big problems for some microbiome studies.

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Behavior Brief

By | November 11, 2014

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Beat Deaf

By | November 11, 2014

Trouble keeping a rhythm may come from a mismatch between perception and action, a study shows.

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