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Modeling the Cell

By | July 23, 2012

The first full computer model of a single-celled organism mimics the bacterium’s behaviors and paves the way to more complete disease models.

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Surprising Sperm Diversity

By | July 23, 2012

The first genetic comparison of one man’s individual sperm cells uncovers unique genetic shuffling representative of a much bigger population.

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The Polar Bear’s Prehistoric Past

By | July 23, 2012

Genomic analyses reveal that the polar bear evolved between 4 and 5 million years ago, far earlier than previous studies had estimated.

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Microbial Perfume

By | July 23, 2012

Rather than rely on plant-derived products, biotech companies are engineering bacteria and yeast to produce ingredients for fragrances.

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Sex Drives Chromosome Evolution

By | July 19, 2012

A relatively new pair of sex chromosomes in the fruit fly allows researchers to track their evolution from the beginning.

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Watson Opposes Gene Patents

By | July 19, 2012

James Watson files a brief in the ongoing legal case over Myriad Genetics’ right to hold patents on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

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Early Epigenetic Influence

By | July 16, 2012

Random chance, plus small differences in uterine environments, give rise to divergent epigenetic patterns in identical twins.

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Flies Evolve to Count

By | July 12, 2012

Researchers breed fruit flies that, after 40 generations of conditioning, have acquired the ability to react to numbers.

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Small-Brained Fish Make More Babies

By | July 12, 2012

Guppies with experimentally shrunken brains produced more offspring than guppies bred for larger noggins, confirming a long suspected tradeoff of bigger brains.

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Genetic Shift in Salmon

By | July 12, 2012

A new study finds that an Alaskan population of the fish has quickly evolved in response to warming temperatures.

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