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UK scraps nationality DNA-testing

By | June 20, 2011

The UK’s immigration agency has abandoned a program to develop DNA and isotope testing to assess the nationality of asylum seekers.

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The ghost of personalized medicine

By | June 14, 2011

Drug therapies tailored to the DNA profiles of individual patients could change the face of medicine, but such treatments aren't commonly used in the clinic.

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Opinion: IP problems for personal med

By | June 14, 2011

Legal battles over gene patents and uncooperative patent holders threaten the widespread implementation of personalized medicine.

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Lobster-Pot Science

By | June 13, 2011

Microbiologist Marvin Whiteley chats about teaming up with chemist and bioengineer Jason Shear in order to build tiny houses for bacteria.

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Honey bee microbiome probed

By | June 9, 2011

Researchers reveal several new viruses lurking in healthy hives.

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A new cow-borne superbug

By | June 7, 2011

As Germany grapples with an E. coli outbreak, a new strain of MRSA appears in Europe.

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One-Man NIH, 1887

By | June 4, 2011

As epidemics swept across the United States in the 19th century, the US government recognized the pressing need for a national lab dedicated to the study of infectious disease. 

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Simultaneity

By | June 4, 2011

Two research teams studying a rare genetic disorder discover independently that it's caused by genes that are crucial to DNA replication.

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Arsenic-based life debate continues

By | June 2, 2011

More than a dozen researchers voice their concerns about a 2010 paper that claims bacteria can use arsenic in place of phosphorus in its DNA and other biomolecules, such as proteins.

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What lab mice are made of

By | June 2, 2011

The most detailed genetic maps to date of classical lab mouse strains reveal limited genetic diversity and overwhelmingly originate from a single species of domestic mouse, the researchers report.

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