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Filling in the Missing Letters

By | July 3, 2012

A new algorithm brings together data from second - and third - generation genome sequencers.

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Capsule Reviews

By | July 1, 2012

Evolving, The Moral Molecule, Aping Mankind, and Experiment Eleven

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Speaking of Science

By | July 1, 2012

July 2012's selection of notable quotes

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The First Australopithecus, 1925

By | July 1, 2012

The discovery of the 2.5-million-year-old Taung Child skull marked a turning point in the study of human brain evolution.

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Ubiquitin Chains in Action

By | July 1, 2012

Present in every tissue of the body, ubiquitin appears to be involved in a dizzying array of functions, from cell cycle and division to organelle and ribosome biogenesis, as well as the response to viral infection. The protein plays at least two role

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Genome Digest

By | June 28, 2012

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

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Five Mutations Make H5N1 Airborne

By | June 21, 2012

The second of the two controversial bird flu papers is published in Science, revealing that just five mutations can render the virus transmissible between ferrets.

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The Fungus Among Us

By | June 11, 2012

Researchers find a slew of new fungal species inhabiting the human gut, and suggest a link to an inflammatory bowel disease.

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Discovering Phasmids

By | June 9, 2012

Shortly after a rat infested supply ship ran around in Lord Howe Island off the east coast of Australia in 1918, the newly introduced mammals wiped out the island's phasmids—stick insects the size of a human hand. 

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Fetal Genome in Mom's Blood

By | June 7, 2012

Scientists have sequenced the genome of an 18.5 week-old fetus using blood and saliva samples taken from the parents.

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