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Clinical Trial Misfortune

By | August 28, 2012

A human trial of a hepatitis C treatment is shut down after one of the participants died.

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Second Victim of Hantavirus

By | August 28, 2012

Another person has died from the rodent-borne disease after visiting Yosemite National Park.

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Texan West Nile Concerns

By | August 27, 2012

Researchers consider the recent reappearance of West Nile virus in Texas and the efforts to control it.

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Opinion: What Is the Human Genome?

By | August 17, 2012

The human genome that researchers sequenced at the turn of the century doesn’t really exist as we know it.

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Cancer-Causing Gut Bacteria

By | August 17, 2012

Mice with inflammatory bowel disease harbor gut bacteria that damage host DNA, predisposing mice to cancer.

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Frankenlympics?

By | July 26, 2012

Allowing athletes to enhance their performance by using genetic engineering to manipulate their DNA may become a reality of future Olympic Games.

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Double Duplication

By | July 24, 2012

Two whole genome duplications boosted the complexity of the ancestor of all vertebrates, but also introduced potential for disease.

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Modeling the Cell

By | July 23, 2012

The first full computer model of a single-celled organism mimics the bacterium’s behaviors and paves the way to more complete disease models.

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Microbial Perfume

By | July 23, 2012

Rather than rely on plant-derived products, biotech companies are engineering bacteria and yeast to produce ingredients for fragrances.

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Genome Digest

By | July 11, 2012

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

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