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Origin of Domestic Dogs

By | November 14, 2013

New analysis suggests that domestic dogs evolved from European wolves that interacted with human hunter-gatherers.

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H6N1 Can Affect Humans

By | November 14, 2013

Taiwanese scientists confirm the first person to have been infected by the H6N1 strain of avian flu.

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Microbial Mediators

By | November 11, 2013

Researchers show that symbiotic bacteria can help hyenas communicate with one another.

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Retracing Steps

By | November 11, 2013

Sage Bionetworks aims to show that transparency and sharing are key to ensuring research reproducibility.

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Week in Review: November 4–8

By | November 8, 2013

Infant immune systems suppressed; why tissues are tough to freeze; silencing one gene causes secondary effects; estrogen’s role in drug-resistant breast cancer

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Genomics Pioneer Dies

By | November 7, 2013

Monica Riley, who led groundbreaking work studying the E. coli genome, has passed away at age 87.

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Inauthentic Herbals

By | November 6, 2013

Using DNA barcoding, researchers show that herbal products are often contaminated or contain alternative compounds and fillers.

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One Gene, Two Mutations

By | November 5, 2013

Knocking down a single gene spurs pronounced secondary effects in the yeast genome.

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Prominent Geneticist Dies

By | November 5, 2013

Leonard Herzenberg, who helped to develop the first fluorescence-activated cell sorter, has passed away at age 81.

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HIV Structural Studies Undermine Prior Work

By | November 4, 2013

New research on the structure of the surface protein the virus uses to infiltrate human cells clashes with an earlier paper’s findings, causing some scientists to call for a retraction.

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