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Astrophysicist Nominated to NSF Helm

By | August 1, 2013

President Barack Obama has announced his intention to nominate former Purdue president France Cordova to lead the National Science Foundation.

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Panel Eviscerates UK Forensic Science

By | July 25, 2013

Turmoil in UK forensic services could threaten the integrity of the country’s criminal justice system, according to a government report.

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image: Russia Blocks Antarctic Reserves

Russia Blocks Antarctic Reserves

By | July 17, 2013

A Russian delegation vetoes proposals to create several new marine sanctuaries in the seas surrounding Antarctica.

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image: Week in Review, July 8–12

Week in Review, July 8–12

By | July 12, 2013

Editor accused of fraud leaves post; the good and the bad of gut microbiota; bacterial gene shuffle; legal restrictions hamper illicit drug research; antibodies and autism

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image: Side-Chain Theory, circa 1900

Side-Chain Theory, circa 1900

By | July 1, 2013

Paul Ehrlich came up with an explanation for cellular interactions based on receptors, earning a Nobel Prize and the title "Father of Modern Immunology"—only to have his theory forgotten.

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image: Week in Review, June 17–21

Week in Review, June 17–21

By | June 21, 2013

On the gene patent decision; a high-res human brain model; bats’ influence on moths mating calls; toxicants threaten brain health; platelet-driven immunity

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image: Platelets Help Tackle Bacteria

Platelets Help Tackle Bacteria

By | June 16, 2013

The cell fragments play a role in the body’s first line of defense against bacterial infection, helping white blood cells grab blood-borne bacteria in the liver.

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Science-Supporting Senator Dies

By | June 4, 2013

Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, who fought hard against the alcohol and tobacco industries, has passed away.

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Malaria parasites transmitted via mosquitoes elicit a more effective immune response and cause less severe infection than those directly injected into red blood cells.

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Italy Orders Trials of Unproven Therapy

By | May 23, 2013

Italian lawmakers have demanded formal approval for a controversial stem-cell therapy, but allowed some patients to continue treatment under stricter rules.

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