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Beer Yeast Identified

By | August 23, 2011

A new yeast species found in Patagonia appears to be the missing half of the long-used lager yeast.

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New Oldest Fossils

By | August 22, 2011

Fossils discovered in Australian rocks may be the remnants of three and a half billion-year-old microorganisms.

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Bacteria Kamikazes

By | August 16, 2011

Researchers design a synthetic bacterium that kills the infectious microbe Pseudomonas aeruginosa, sacrificing itself in the process.

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How Caffeine Fights Cancer

By | August 15, 2011

Caffeinated drinks may help prevent skin cancer by inhibiting a DNA repair pathway, thus killing potentially precancerous cells.

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Designing Worm Proteins

By | August 15, 2011

For the first time, researchers have engineered a multicellular organism that incorporates a synthetic amino acid into its proteins.

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Oldest Known Wood

By | August 12, 2011

Two newly described fossils suggest that wood is some 10 million years older than previous believed.

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Cancer Researcher Fabricated Data

By | August 11, 2011

Sheng Wang leaves the Boston University School of Medicine and agrees to retract two published studies.

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Yeast Don't Need Oxygen

By | August 11, 2011

Scientists discover that ancestors of the unicellular fungi can synthesize essential biomolecules with only trace levels of O2.

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Why Have Twins?

By | August 11, 2011

Mothers more likely to have twins have heavier, healthier non-twin babies, possibly explaining why twinning evolved.

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When Zinc Fingers Miss the Mark

By | August 7, 2011

Two new techniques identify how often zinc fingers nucleases cleave off-target sites.

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