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Watch the Pigs

By | June 25, 2012

Sampling for potentially pandemic strains of influenza virus at hog farms is lax compared with poultry farms, worrying some experts.


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Five Mutations Make H5N1 Airborne

By | June 21, 2012

The second of the two controversial bird flu papers is published in Science, revealing that just five mutations can render the virus transmissible between ferrets.


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Rapid Bird Flu Test

By | June 4, 2012

New PCR assay can detect more than 40 strains of H5N1 in a single go.

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Grading on the Curve

By | June 1, 2012

Actin filaments respond to pressure by forming branches at their curviest spots, helping resist the push.


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Growing Human Eggs

By | June 1, 2012

Germline stem cells discovered in human ovaries can be cultured into fresh eggs.


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Doubled Gene Boosted Brain Power

By | May 7, 2012

Human-specific duplications of a gene involved in brain development may have contributed to our species’ unique intelligence.


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Stem Cell Suicide Switch

By | May 3, 2012

Human embryonic stem cells swiftly kill themselves in response to DNA damage.


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Bird Flu Transmission in Mammals

By | May 2, 2012

After much ado, Nature publishes the first report of a bird flu virus adapted for transmission in ferrets.


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The Sugar Lnc

By | May 1, 2012

Genes that react to cellular sugar content are regulated by a long non-coding RNA via an unexpected mechanism


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Boyle’s Monsters, 1665

By | May 1, 2012

From accounts of deformed animals to scratch-and-sniff technology, Robert Boyle's early contributions to the Royal Society of London were prolific and wide ranging.


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