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Keys to the Minibar

By | March 1, 2014

Degraded DNA from museum specimens, scat, and other sources has thwarted barcoding efforts, but researchers are filling in the gaps with mini-versions of characteristic genomic stretches.

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The Benefits of Barcoding

By | March 1, 2014

Watch DNA barcoder Mehrdad Hajibabaei from the University of Guelph describe the technology’s potential.

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New Species of Randy Marsupials Discovered

By | February 21, 2014

Researchers have identified three new Australian marsupial species, males of which fornicate until they keel over.

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Huge Mystery Jellyfish Washes Ashore

By | February 7, 2014

Found by a family combing a beach in Tasmania, the giant invertebrate is new to science.

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Week in Review: February 3–7

By | February 7, 2014

Federal stem cell regulations vary; Salmonella exploit host immune system; microglia help maintain synaptic connections; prosthesis re-creates feeling of touch

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Immune Response Promotes Infection

By | February 6, 2014

Salmonella enterica can exploit a standard immune response in mice to promote its own growth.

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The Scientist on The Pulse #4

By | February 3, 2014

This week, Kerry Grens talks about a new study predicting Midwest earthquakes in the future, a new species of river dolphin, and the biomechanics of flying snakes.

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Pruning Synapses Improves Brain Connections

By | February 2, 2014

Without microglia to pluck off unwanted synapses in early life, mouse brains develop with weaker connections, leading to altered social behavior.

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Polymer Protects Mouse Heart

By | January 20, 2014

Injection of microscopic particles of a plastic-like material protects mice from cardiac tissue damage following heart attack.

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New Species Abound

By | December 26, 2013

A look at 2013’s noteworthy new species

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