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Roots of Alcohol Dependence?

By | August 27, 2014

Researchers link a gene already tied to alcohol dependence with a neurotransmitter involved in anxiety and relaxation.

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Genome Digest

By | August 27, 2014

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

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How Hummingbirds Taste Nectar

By | August 21, 2014

Hummingbirds perceive sweetness through a receptor with which other vertebrates taste savory foods. 

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RNA-based Sex Determination?

By | August 20, 2014

Researchers find that microRNAs may play a role some of the sexual differences seen in fruit flies.

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Interspecies RNA Shuffle

By | August 14, 2014

Researchers report the first example of large-scale RNA-based communication between species—a parasitic plant and two of its hosts. 

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Pregnancy Stress Spans Generations

By | August 7, 2014

The stressors a female rat experiences during pregnancy can have repercussions for her granddaughters, a study shows. 

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Light-Tolerant Tomatoes

By | August 7, 2014

Upping the expression of a single gene improves the plant’s ability to withstand light and increases yields. 

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FDA Gets Into the Lab Test Game

By | August 4, 2014

So-called laboratory-developed tests will eventually face regulations similar to those that currently govern diagnostic tests or kits that are sold to hospitals.

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Week in Review: July 28–August 1

By | August 1, 2014

See-through organs and animals; distinguishing white from brown and beige fat cells; chipping away at genetic mosaicism; catching up with the blogger behind Street Anatomy

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Beyond Cat Killing

By | August 1, 2014

Capsule reviewed author Ian Leslie sets up his latest book, Curious, about the human propensity to wonder and learn.

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