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Synthetic Biology

By , and | October 1, 2011

Learn about the field’s first genetic circuits and read forecasts by George M. Church and J. Craig Venter of a future where man-made organisms pump out novel fuels, drugs, and therapies.


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By | October 1, 2011

Ecosystems are failing and extinction rates are soaring. Thomas E. Lovejoy and Edward O. Wilson weigh in on why cataloging existing species, discovering new ones, and maintaining a balanced and diverse global ecosystem are critical for ensuring a habitable environment for all.


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Paper Tests Get Cheap

By | September 28, 2011

Diagnostic test strips that cost just pennies can test for liver damage, mold, and milk spoilage in the developing world.


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Fish Affected by Trace Oil Pollution

By | September 28, 2011

Even highly diluted crude oil can impact fish in the marshes bordering the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.


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Environmental Visionary Dies

By | September 26, 2011

Wangari Maathai, a human rights advocate and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, started a movement to plant more than 30 million trees and generate nearly 1 million jobs.


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Biodiversity, Quick and Dirty

By | September 26, 2011

Researchers find that sampling DNA from the soil can be an effective way to determine how many individuals of a variety of species inhabit a particular area.


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UK Approves Embryonic Stem Cell Trial

By | September 22, 2011

The US company investigating the use of human embryonic stem cells to treat a type of macular dystrophy expands its clinical trials to the UK.


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Again: No XMRV-Chronic Fatigue Link

By | September 22, 2011

Researchers publish yet another study against the link between a murine leukemia virus and chronic fatigue syndrome, and partially retract the original results.


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Anti-aging Pathway Questioned

By | September 21, 2011

A new study raises further doubts about the ability of proteins called sirtuins to slow aging, but the controversy remains unsettled.


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Behavior Brief

By | September 21, 2011

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research


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