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Wired to Run—and Think

By | July 26, 2012

Evolving the ability to run may also have made our ancestors smarter, suggesting that exercise can be healthy for the brain as well as the body.

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Tissue on Chips Galore

By | July 26, 2012

The National Institutes of Health will fund 17 projects developing lab-on-a-chip applications to improve drug screening.

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Cancer Drug Flushes Out HIV

By | July 26, 2012

An approved cancer therapeutic makes hiding HIV susceptible to antiviral therapy.

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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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The Polar Bear’s Prehistoric Past

By | July 23, 2012

Genomic analyses reveal that the polar bear evolved between 4 and 5 million years ago, far earlier than previous studies had estimated.

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One Million Genomic Datasets

By | July 23, 2012

Publicly accessible databases now store nearly 1 million gene-expression datasets, giving researchers a robust resource for discovery.

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Sex Drives Chromosome Evolution

By | July 19, 2012

A relatively new pair of sex chromosomes in the fruit fly allows researchers to track their evolution from the beginning.

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Mosquito Gut Bacteria to Fight Malaria

By | July 17, 2012

Researchers engineer a member of the insect's intestinal flora to help thwart the malaria parasite before it can infect new hosts.

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Early Epigenetic Influence

By | July 16, 2012

Random chance, plus small differences in uterine environments, give rise to divergent epigenetic patterns in identical twins.

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