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Climate-Shaped Arabidopsis Genome

By | October 6, 2011

Two genome-wide studies, backed up by field experiments, identify SNPs that correlate with Arabidopsis fitness in various climates.

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New Journal Ratings Questioned

By | October 5, 2011

A new system of ranking scientific journals irks some metrics experts.

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Makeup Enhances Likability

By | October 5, 2011

The first study of how cosmetics influence others' perceptions a woman’s personality suggests that makeup can make a difference.

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Immunologists Take Home Nobel

By | October 3, 2011

The Nobel Assembly announced today that three researchers in the field of immunology will share the 2011 Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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In an essay entitled "Molecular Cut and Paste: The New Generation of Biological Tools," virologist William McEwan envisions a future where viruses are reprogrammed to become the workhorses of science and medicine.

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Early Warning Signs

By | October 1, 2011

Editor’s choice in Ecology

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Evolution, Tout de Suite

By | October 1, 2011

Epigenetic perturbations could jump-start heritable variation.

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Going Viral

By | October 1, 2011

The promise of viruses as biotech tools will help molecular biology fulfill its true potential.

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Newly Discovered Species

By | October 1, 2011

Life on Earth is mind-bogglingly diverse with estimates of the number of existing species in the tens of millions. Over the last 4 billion years, many species have gone extinct; and because of the actions of humans, many existing species are now endangered.

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Opinion: Research and Debt Reduction

By | October 1, 2011

Investing more federal dollars in life science research may save the US economy.

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