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Blood Spots Are Epigenetic Time Capsules

By | August 22, 2012

Researchers show that blood spotted onto Guthrie cards, usually at birth, can be a high quality source of methylated DNA for long-term epigenetic studies.

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Zoo Virus Swap

By | August 17, 2012

A polar bear in a German zoo dies after contracting a virus normally found in zebras.

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Protecting the World’s Oceans

By | August 16, 2012

An international group of researchers gives a score to coastal nations for their contribution to ocean health, and identifies main concerns.

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Pharma Whistleblower

By | August 16, 2012

A former manager at Genentech claims the company bypassed ethical and clinical guidelines in order to rush a promising drug through clinical trials.

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HIV Drugs Go Generic

By | August 16, 2012

Patent expirations of one HIV drugs will make the disease cheaper—but also more cumbersome—to treat.

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Frog-Killing Fungus Thrives

By | August 15, 2012

Global trade in live bullfrogs and a more volatile, changing climate worsen a deadly amphibian fungus.

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Prayer Takes Precedence Over Science?

By | August 14, 2012

A Bill of Rights amendment reaffirming the right to pray could have negative consequences for the teaching of evolution.

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Restoring Sight

By | August 13, 2012

A strategy to transmit signals to retinal nerve cells may show promise as a step toward alternative retinal prosthesis design.

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Next Generation: In Vivo Drug Factories

By | August 13, 2012

Researchers use UV light to stimulate protein production in nano-sized delivery capsules in mice.

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Gene Variation within a Tree

By | August 13, 2012

The root system of a tree species is genetically different than the leaves of that individual, potentially modifying scientists’ understanding of evolution.

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