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Understanding Lyme

By | December 19, 2013

Researchers show that a protein expressed in the bacterium that causes Lyme disease is necessary for both parts of the organism’s life cycle.

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On The Origin of Flowers

By | December 19, 2013

The genome of Amborella trichopoda—the sister species of all flowering plants—provides clues about this group’s rise to power.

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The Mating Habits of Early Hominins

By | December 18, 2013

A newly sequenced Neanderthal genome provides insight into the sex lives of human ancestors.

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Herding Cats

By | December 17, 2013

Examination of bones found in a Chinese village suggests that domesticated felines lived side-by-side with humans 5,300 years ago.

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Test Scores Are in the Genes

By | December 16, 2013

More than school or family environment, a child’s genetics influences high school exam results.

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Gut Bacteria Vary with Diet

By | December 13, 2013

Extreme diets can alter the microbial makeup of the human GI tract, and change the behavior of those bacteria.

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Week in Review: December 9–13

By | December 13, 2013

Animal family tree rearranged; how E. coli evades the immune system; pharmacological chaperones and misfolded proteins

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How Bacteria Evade the Immune System

By | December 12, 2013

Escherichia coli can quickly evolve to resist engulfment by macrophages, scientists have found.

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A New Basal Animal

By | December 12, 2013

Comb jellies take their place on the oldest branch of the animal family tree.  

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The Right to Know—or Not

By | December 12, 2013

Consumers, patients, and study participants should be made aware of potential incidental findings, according to a federally-appointed bioethics panel.

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