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Searching for Alien Genomes

By | October 22, 2012

J. Craig Venter plans to develop a machine to find and sequence DNA on Mars, but another genomics mogul, Jonathan Rothberg, may beat him to it.

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Nobel Laureates Back Obama

By | October 19, 2012

Nearly 70 Nobel Prize-winning scientists lend their support to the President’s re-election.

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Bacteriography

By | October 19, 2012

A scientist-turned-artist cultures bacteria into art.

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Flooding Rivers with Resistance

By | October 18, 2012

A river system in Colorado contains high concentrations of antibiotic resistance genes in areas close to water-treatment plants.

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Sniffing Out TB

By | October 18, 2012

An African rat helps detect tuberculosis in Tanzania, prompting the Mozambique government to pursue a similar project.

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Epigenetic Enigmas

By | October 17, 2012

Overturning previous studies, a peculiar protozoan mysteriously uses a DNA-markup system to take out the genetic trash.   

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Science-Supporting Senator Dies

By | October 16, 2012

Arlen Specter, a long-serving senator and outspoken advocate for biomedical research, has passed away at the age of 82.

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A Parasite’s Parasites

By | October 15, 2012

French scientists identify a new giant virus, which carries the genome of a smaller virus and a new breed of mobile DNA.

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Opinion: Controlling Invasion

By | October 15, 2012

Remote sensing helps control an invasive giant weed that threatens ecosystems and border security.

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Mites Remember Enemies, Fight Back

By | October 12, 2012

Mites that were attacked by rival species as juveniles attack the young of their former assailants more frequently when they reach adulthood.

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