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Earliest Deuterostome Fossils Described

By | January 31, 2017

These millimeter-size sea creatures lived 540 million years ago.

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ACMG Urges Caution When Editing Embryo Genomes

By | January 30, 2017

The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics calls on scientists and health care providers to engage in public discussion about the ethical issues involved in genome editing. 

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Improving Tomato Flavor, Genetically

By | January 26, 2017

A sequencing blitz on the tomato genome reveals the genes that contribute most to tastiness.

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Marijuana Research Still Stymied by Federal Laws

By | January 23, 2017

US scientists continue to have a hard time getting funding to study the health impacts of the drug. But cannabis research in Canada—where medical marijuana is legal nationwide—is different story.

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Improved Semisynthetic Organism Created

By | January 23, 2017

Researchers generate an organism that can replicate artificial base pairs indefinitely.

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Using simulations, scientists report that a mixture of termites and plant competition may be responsible for the strange patterns of earth surrounded by plants in the Namib desert. 

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A cell phone–based microscope can identify mutations in tumor tissue and image products of DNA sequencing reactions.

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Baboons Can Make Sounds Found in Human Speech

By | January 13, 2017

The findings suggest language may have started to evolve millions of years earlier than once thought.  

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National Academies Detail the State of Weed Science

By | January 12, 2017

A new report summarizes what we know about the impacts of marijuana use, as more states have legalized the drug for both medical and recreational purposes.

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Ancient Origins of Retroviruses

By | January 12, 2017

Foamy-like endogenous retroviruses may have emerged more than 450 million years ago, according to an analysis.

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