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Mom’s Versus Dad’s BRCA

By | December 13, 2011

The age at which BRCA carriers are diagnosed with breast cancer may depend on which parent contributed the mutation.

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Why People Lost Their Fur

By | December 12, 2011

The need for ancient humans to keep cool during the day might explain their lack of body hair but not why they walked on two feet.

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Non-coding RNAs Halt Cell Death

By | December 7, 2011

Long, non-coding regions of RNA can prevent red blood cells from committing suicide during the final stage of differentiation.

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Opinion: Confounded Cancer Markers

By | December 7, 2011

Prognostic signatures have become popular tools in cancer research, but it turns out signatures made of random genes are prognostic as well.

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Brain Evolution at a Distance

By | December 6, 2011

Gene expression controlled from afar may have spurred the spurt in brain evolution that led to modern humans.

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Top 7 in Ecology

By | December 6, 2011

A snapshot of the most highly ranked articles in ecology, from Faculty of 1000

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Resistance Outlasts Antibiotics

By | December 5, 2011

Antibiotic resistant bacteria keep their protective genes, even when antibiotics are no longer given.

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Cancer Immunotherapy Pioneer Dies

By | December 2, 2011

Lloyd Old, a researcher and former administrator of two cancer research institutes, passed away this week.

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Cancer’s Escape Routes

By | November 30, 2011

Scientists are beginning to discover myriad strategies tumors use to avoid attacks by anti-cancer drugs.

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Evolutionary Pioneer Dies at 73

By | November 28, 2011

Lynn Margulis, an innovative thinker who proposed symbiosis as a major mechanism for speciation, passed away last week.

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