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Dogs Adapted to Agriculture

By | January 23, 2013

As wolves became domesticated, their genes adapted to a starch-rich diet of human leftovers.


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Cancer Diet Shared by Healthy Cells

By | January 23, 2013

Tumor cells rapidly divide by usurping a metabolic trick from normal cell development.


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Some Insurers Protected by GINA

By | January 23, 2013

Long-term, life, and disability insurers may still be able to deny coverage to patients with a genetic disease, under current nondiscrimination legislation.


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First Recombinant Flu Vaccine

By | January 21, 2013

The US Food and Drug Administration approves the first flu vaccine made from recombinant proteins rather than a weakened virus.

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Dung Defeats Drugs

By | January 18, 2013

Fecal transplants outcompeted traditional antibiotics at curing a deadly intestinal infection.


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Bespoke Stem Cells for Brain Disease

By | January 15, 2013

Scientists use virus-free gene therapy on patient-derived stem cells to repair spinal muscular atrophy in mice.


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Universal Flu Vaccines Charge Ahead

By | January 14, 2013

Researchers and biotech companies are bringing a universal flu vaccine closer to reality.


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Predator-Savvy Shark Embryos

By | January 10, 2013

Bamboo sharks still developing in their egg cases respond to a predator presence by ceasing movement and even breathing.


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Deaf Mice Hear Again

By | January 10, 2013

A drug applied to the ears of deaf mice has prompted the regrowth of noise-damaged hair cells and resulted in slight improvements in the animals’ hearing.

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Opinion: Diagnostics Needed

By | January 10, 2013

Resource-limited countries are in desperate need of better diagnostic tests for life-threatening illnesses.


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