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Gene Signaling by Remote

By | May 7, 2012

Nanoparticles in mice can be switched on to activate insulin production using a radio signal.

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Doubled Gene Boosted Brain Power

By | May 7, 2012

Human-specific duplications of a gene involved in brain development may have contributed to our species’ unique intelligence.

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First Drug from GM Plant Approved

By | May 4, 2012

A human enzyme grown in carrot cells will treat patients with Gaucher disease.

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Nervous Mice Get Worse Cancer

By | May 3, 2012

Anxious mice are more likely to come down with aggressive skin cancer than those who show less stress on behavioral tests.

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FDA Disputes Data Under-Reporting

By | May 2, 2012

The FDA and NIH dispute reports that clinical trial data is being under-reported.

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A New Branch of Life?

By | May 1, 2012

Researchers investigate a microorganism that may warrant a new eukaryotic kingdom in the classification of life.

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Spot the Moth

By | May 1, 2012

It’s a well-known story: The peppered moth’s ancestral typica phenotype is white with dark speckles. 

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Telomere Basics

By | May 1, 2012

Telomeres are repetitive, noncoding sequences that cap the ends of linear chromosomes. They consist of hexameric nucleotide sequences (TTAGGG in humans) repeated hundreds to thousands of times. 

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In Chapter 12, "The Opium Fields," author Marc Lewis recounts one night spent in the brain chemistry-bending grip of opium addiction.

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Burgers and Flies

By | May 1, 2012

Inspired by Darwin, Mohamed Noor has uncovered the molecular dance by which a single species becomes two.

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