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Pleasant to the Touch

By | September 1, 2012

Scientists hope an understanding of nerve fibers responsive only to gentle touch will give insight into the role the sense plays in social bonding.

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Opinion: Younger Is Better

By | August 31, 2012

Stem cells collected from younger donors are more effective for transplantation and regenerative medicine than those from older individuals.

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Zoo Virus Swap

By | August 17, 2012

A polar bear in a German zoo dies after contracting a virus normally found in zebras.

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Court Rules Gene Patents Valid

By | August 17, 2012

Myriad Genetics can hold patents on the BRAC1 and BRAC2 oncogenes, but not on tests comparing DNA sequences.

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More Mutations in Fukushima Butterflies

By | August 15, 2012

Researchers have found an increase in butterflies with unusual wing shapes, legs, and antennae than before the nuclear disaster.

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Gene Variation within a Tree

By | August 13, 2012

The root system of a tree species is genetically different than the leaves of that individual, potentially modifying scientists’ understanding of evolution.

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Bioethics Panel on Genomics and Privacy

By | August 6, 2012

The presidential bioethics brain trust unveils its draft recommendations on the use of whole genome sequencing in clinical care and research.

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Why Women Outlive Men

By | August 3, 2012

Mitochondria mutations that affect male, but not female, aging could explain why women tend to live longer than men.

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Microbiome Changes During Pregnancy

By | August 2, 2012

Alterations in the commensal gut flora of expecting women may be linked to characteristic weight gain and decreases in insulin sensitivity during pregnancy.

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Brain Expression

By | August 1, 2012

Researchers map the expression patterns of 1,000 genes in the human brain.

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