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Dogs and Human Evolving Together

By | May 16, 2013

A sequencing study suggests that some genes have evolved in parallel in humans and their canine companions, likely as a result of shared selection pressures.

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Oldest Fossil of Ape Discovered

By | May 15, 2013

Two new fossils of ancient primates shed light on the divergence of apes and Old World monkeys.

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Clock Genes Linked to Depression

By | May 15, 2013

Patients with major depressive disorder appear to have malfunctioning circadian rhythms, which could lead researchers to new avenues for treatment.

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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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Anti-Malarial Mosquitoes?

By | May 9, 2013

Artificially induced bacterial infections in mosquitoes could reduce the spread of malaria-causing parasites.

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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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Genome Digest

By | May 7, 2013

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

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Easy Jump for H5N1 from Bird to Mammal

By | May 2, 2013

Hybrid viruses derived from an H5N1 bird flu strain can infect guinea pigs through the air.

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In Chapter 4, “Darwin’s Barnacles, Agassiz’s Jellyfish,” author Christoph Irmscher describes his subject’s obsession with marine organisms.

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BRET Meets FRET

By | May 1, 2013

Scientists create biocompatible, self-luminescing nanoparticles for in vivo imaging.

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