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Stripes Shoo Flies

By | April 4, 2014

Zebras evolved stripes to prevent pesky biting flies from landing on them, a study finds.

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The Right to Not Know

By | April 2, 2014

Patients should be able to decline learning about incidental genetic findings when undergoing whole-genome screens, according to new expert recommendations.

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An Ancient Evolutionary Advantage?

By | April 1, 2014

Shared sequences within the brain lipid-metabolism pathway between Neanderthals and modern Europeans highlight questions about how these genetic similarities arose.


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Commander of an Immune Flotilla

By | April 1, 2014

With much of his early career dictated by US Navy interests, Carl June drew inspiration from malaria, bone marrow transplantation, and HIV in his roundabout path to a breakthrough in cancer immunotherapy.

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Getting Down to Business

By | April 1, 2014

Is there a genetic component to entrepreneurial success?


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Speaking of Science

By | April 1, 2014

April 2014's selection of notable quotes


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Deploying the Body’s Army

By | April 1, 2014

Using patients’ own immune systems to fight cancer


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Week in Review: March 24–28

By | March 28, 2014

Synthetic yeast chromosome; human enhancers and promoters mapped; brain-wide map links fly behaviors to neurons; treating eye diseases with nanotechnology


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Synthetic Yeast Chromosome

By | March 27, 2014

A heavily edited version of yeast shows just how flexible eukaryotic chromosomes can be.


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Enhancer and Promoter Atlases

By | March 26, 2014

Consortium annotates the human genome with cell type-specific information about transcription start sites, active enhancers, and their expression throughout the body.



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