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Identifying Spurious Cancer Mutations

By | June 19, 2013

Researchers reveal why analyses of cancer-causing mutations are riddled with false positives and demonstrate a new approach that eliminates the problem.

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Gene Patents Decision: Everybody Wins

By | June 18, 2013

Last week’s Supreme Court decision to invalidate patents on human genes was a win for patients, independent researchers, and even the wider biotech industry.

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Opinion: Toxicants and the Brain

By | June 17, 2013

Investment in brain research should aim at protecting the brains of the future from harmful environmental pollutants.

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Supreme Court Nixes Patenting Human Genes

By | June 13, 2013

The Justices have decided that isolated sequences of human DNA are not eligible for patent protection, but rules that artificial sequences can be patented.  

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Ripening Genes Pegged

By | June 13, 2013

Researchers identify thousands of plant genes activated by the gaseous hormone ethylene, which influences ripening, pathogen defense, growth regulation, and more.

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Genomics Investment Boosts US Economy

By | June 13, 2013

A new analysis suggests that the Human Genome Project has delivered $178 for every federal dollar invested, but many analysts are not convinced by the figures.

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Learning to Use Brain-Computer Interfaces

By | June 10, 2013

Controlling computers with the mind and learning motor skills rely on a similar set of brain regions.

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Global Alliance to Share Genomic Data

By | June 10, 2013

Leading medical and research centers around the world announce a plan to share massive amounts of genetic and clinical information.

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Human Adult Neurogenesis Revealed

By | June 7, 2013

Retrospective carbon dating of human hippocampal cells confirms substantial adult neurogenesis and suggests that the process contributes to brain function.

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Opioid Receptors Implicated in PTSD

By | June 7, 2013

A compound that targets a particular opioid receptor in the amygdala reduces the formation of PTSD-like systems in mice subjected to severe trauma.

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