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Ruffled Feathers over a Viral Patent

By | May 30, 2013

The researchers who first identified a novel coronavirus say they have shared the virus freely.

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Malaria parasites transmitted via mosquitoes elicit a more effective immune response and cause less severe infection than those directly injected into red blood cells.

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How Do Cicadas Know When to Emerge?

By | May 29, 2013

Despite cicadas’ high profile, scientists still don’t fully understand when and why they decide it is time to mate.

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Viruses Prefer the Cold

By | May 20, 2013

Chilly weather could impede the immune reactions that most effectively contain viruses like the common cold.  

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Dogs and Human Evolving Together

By | May 16, 2013

A sequencing study suggests that some genes have evolved in parallel in humans and their canine companions, likely as a result of shared selection pressures.

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Oldest Fossil of Ape Discovered

By | May 15, 2013

Two new fossils of ancient primates shed light on the divergence of apes and Old World monkeys.

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Genome Digest

By | May 7, 2013

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

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Week in Review: April 29 – May 2

By | May 3, 2013

The brain’s role in aging; tracking disease; understanding the new flu virus; no autism-Lyme link; one drug’s journey from bench to bedside

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In Chapter 4, “Darwin’s Barnacles, Agassiz’s Jellyfish,” author Christoph Irmscher describes his subject’s obsession with marine organisms.

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Flying Frog, 1855

By | May 1, 2013

Alfred Russel Wallace, Darwin’s unheralded codiscoverer of the theory of evolution by natural selection, found inspiration in the specimens he collected on his travels.

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