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Inferring DNA from RNA

By | April 11, 2012

A new technique to derive DNA information from non-DNA sources, such as RNA, threatens the anonymity of genetic database donors.

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Insect Battles, Big and Small

By | April 10, 2012

Social insect soldiers not only protect the colony from insect invasions; some also secrete strong antifungal compounds to kill microscopic enemies.

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Colony Collapse from Pesticides?

By | April 9, 2012

Yet another study demonstrates that how pesticides might be related to the collapse of wild bee colonies.

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Poisonous Shrooms Battle Cancer

By | April 4, 2012

A deadly mushroom toxin shrinks pancreatic tumors in mice.

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Ants Share Pathogens for Immunity

By | April 3, 2012

A new study shows that grooming by ants promotes colony-wide resistance to fungal infections by transferring small amounts of pathogen to nestmates.

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Bushmeat Roulette

By | April 1, 2012

Pathogens lurk in illegal wildlife products confiscated at US airports.

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Contributors

April 1, 2012

Meet some of the people featured in the April 2012 issue of The Scientist.

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Emmeline Hill: Genes for Speed

By | April 1, 2012

Lecturer, School of Agriculture & Food Science, University College Dublin. Age: 38

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The World in a Cabinet, 1600s

By | April 1, 2012

A 17th century Danish doctor arranges a museum of natural history oddities in his own home.

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Whirlpool Bistros

By | April 1, 2012

Fish adapt to feed for months along the entire depth of massive oceanic whirlpools that are rich in nutrients and plankton.

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