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Neurosurgery Resident Plagiarized Research

By | November 7, 2011

A physician doing a residency at the University of Virginia Medical Center was caught copying sections of text and an illustration in multiple NIH-funded papers.

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Cigarette Smoking Leads to Coke?

By | November 4, 2011

Nicotine may alter the brain’s response to cocaine, supporting the idea that the legal drug may serve as a "gateway" to the use of illegal substances.

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Ladybug Zombies

By | October 31, 2011

Wasps inject their larvae into ladybug abdomens, where they feast on the bugs’ insides.

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Deadly Bat Fungus Nailed Down

By | October 26, 2011

Scientists have made a definitive link between a recently-discovered fungus and a lethal disease wiping out bat populations in eastern North America.

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Orangutans Have Culture

By | October 25, 2011

A study shows that different populations of the Southeast Asian ape display and transmit specific behaviors through generations in a way similar to human cultures.

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European Stem Cell Patent Ban Good?

By | October 24, 2011

Following last week’s ruling by the European Court of Justice that research procedures involving human embryonic stem cells cannot be patented, European researchers, lawyers, and investors are striving to put a positive spin on the decision. 

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MicroRNAs Prevent Cell Reprogramming

By | October 24, 2011

A group of microRNAs can inhibit the formation of induced pluripotent stem cells, and may provide a target for more efficient reprogramming of somatic cells.

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Wolbachia Boost Stem Cell Production

By | October 20, 2011

The widespread bacteria known to manipulate host reproductive output can do so by ramping up stem cell division and consequent egg production in Drosophila.

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New Genes, New Brain

By | October 19, 2011

A bevy of genes known to be active during human fetal and infant development first appeared at the same time that the prefrontal cortex—the area of the brain associated with human intelligence and personality—took shape in primates.

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No European Patents for Stem Cells

By | October 19, 2011

The high court in Europe decided that researchers are barred from filing EU patents on work involving human embryonic stem cells.

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