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Viral Immunotherapy for Melanoma

By | May 28, 2015

Phase 3 data from a clinical trial show a positive response to a melanoma treatment based on a modified herpesvirus.

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Cancer-Driving Mutations Common in Normal Skin Cells

By | May 21, 2015

A deep-sequencing analysis reveals that non-malignant skin cells harbor many more cancer-driving mutations than previously expected. 

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Human Genes Can Save Yeast

By | May 21, 2015

Replacing yeast genes with their human equivalents reveals functional conservation despite a billion years of divergent evolution.

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Clinical Epidemiology Pioneer Dies

By | May 18, 2015

Evidence-based medicine advocate David Sackett has passed away at age 80.

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Researchers develop a CRISPR-based, two-phage system that sensitizes resistant bacteria to antibiotics and selectively kills any remaining drug-resistant bugs. 

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Fish Make Their Own Sun Protection

By | May 14, 2015

Zebrafish and other vertebrates have the enzymatic machinery to synthesize gadusol, an ultraviolet light-absorbing compound.

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The Evolution of Social Bees

By | May 14, 2015

Scientists describe the genetic changes associated with solitary-to-social transitions throughout bee evolution.

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Diagnosing Sepsis

By | May 14, 2015

An 11-gene set may help identify sepsis early, before it’s too late.

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Targeting Protein Domains with CRISPR

By | May 13, 2015

Researchers use the genome-editing tool to mutate binding pockets and identify potential anti-cancer drug targets.

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Dino Snouts from Chicken Beaks

By | May 13, 2015

Researchers tweak gene expression in chicken embryos that may have been crucial to the evolutionary transition from dinosaur noses to bird bills.

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