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Different assays lead to opposing conclusions on bacterial spores’ requirements during germination.

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Vlad Denic on Exploring New Fields and Failing Successfully

By | December 1, 2016

The Harvard professor is pursuing fundamental questions about autophagy, protein homeostasis, and other cellular processes, and he’s always on the lookout for his next new topic.

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The Pangenome: Are Single Reference Genomes Dead?

By | December 1, 2016

Researchers are abandoning the concept of a list of genes sequenced from a single individual, instead aiming for a way to describe all the genetic variation within a species.

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A new literature review finds that even if babies born via Cesarean section have long-term health risks, as a number of past studies purport, it may not be a result of the procedure itself.

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Obesity-associated microbiome composition can persist after weight loss, affecting the exchange of metabolites between a mouse and its resident bugs, researchers report.

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Genome Digest

By | November 23, 2016

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

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Researchers Propose Solution to Gene Drive Technology Problem

By | November 23, 2016

Scientists are getting to closer to developing a technique that can suppress mosquito populations on a continental scale, based on preliminary modeling results.

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Scientists Can’t Replicate Gene-Editing Method

By | November 21, 2016

Even with the original authors’ vector, the NgAgo technique doesn’t work in others’ hands.

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Virus Provides Clues About Geography

By | November 18, 2016

Researchers use genotypes of a virus commonly found in semen to trace men’s geographic origins.

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Bacteria Show Signs of Starvation in Space

By | November 18, 2016

E. coli cultured on the International Space Station show increased expression of genes related to starvation and acid-resistance responses, researchers report.

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