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Telomerase Overdrive

By | January 1, 2016

Two mutations in a gene involved in telomere extension reverse the gene’s epigenetic silencing.

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Second Contagious Cancer Found in Tasmanian Devils

By | December 29, 2015

A second fatal, transmissible cancer has been identified in the already endangered species.  

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Researchers Accused of Spreading Disease

By | December 21, 2015

Italian scientists are under investigation for allegedly worsening the transmission of a pathogen that is decimating olive groves in Puglia.

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Cancer Not Just “Bad Luck”

By | December 18, 2015

A new study refutes one published earlier this year that claimed random mutations were at the root of many tumors.

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Eminent Cancer Researcher Dies

By | December 16, 2015

Indiana University’s David Flockhart, a pioneer of personalized medicine, has passed away at age 63. 

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Watching Cancer on the Move

By | December 15, 2015

Fibroblasts help tumors metastasize by paving a “migration highway” through the extracellular matrix, scientists report.

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Gut Bugs Affect Cockroach Poop-ularity

By | December 9, 2015

Commensal bacteria living in the gastrointestinal tracts of cockroaches lace the insects’ feces with chemical cues that mediate social behavior, according to a study.

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Science Historian Dies

By | December 9, 2015

Lisa Jardine, former chair of the U.K.’s Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, has passed away at age 71.

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Metformin Users Have Different Gut Bugs

By | December 6, 2015

The popular type 2 diabetes drug may cause profound changes in patients’ microbiomes.

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Reproducibility Initiative Shrinks

By | December 3, 2015

Budget issues are limiting the number of studies the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology will try to re-do.

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