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A study suggests bats in Asia could have genes that protect them from the fungal infection that is decimating bat populations in North America.

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Surgery, Stem Cells Treat Cataracts

By | March 10, 2016

A surgical technique that removes the lens but leaves endogenous stem cells to allow lens regrowth shows promise in animal and early human trials.

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Opinion: A Mother’s Microbes

By | March 3, 2016

On “vaginal seeding” and the challenge of evidence-based parenting

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Amoebae Have Human-Like Immunity

By | March 2, 2016

Dictyostelium discoideum produce extracellular nets that can kill bacteria, just as phagocytes in people and other higher animals do, according to a study.

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Giant Virus Has CRISPR-like Immune Defense

By | March 2, 2016

The genome of a mimivirus strain resistant to a virophage has repeated phage sequences alongside nuclease- and helicase-coding sections.

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Spoiler Alert

By | March 1, 2016

How to store microbiome samples without losing or altering diversity

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Week in Review: February 22–26

By | February 26, 2016

Questions about how E. coli evolves; spermatids in a dish; fighting bacteria with virus-like molecule; what drives metastasis; antibodies fight Ebola in monkeys

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Toward Making Sperm in the Lab

By | February 25, 2016

Researchers devise a technique for creating gametes from murine embryonic stem cells.

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iPSCs and Cancer Risk

By | February 24, 2016

Reprogramming adult human cells into stem cells in vitro does not generate harmful mutations, scientists report.

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Similar Data, Different Conclusions

By | February 23, 2016

By tweaking certain conditions of a long-running experiment on E. coli, scientists found that some bacteria could be prompted to express a mutant phenotype sooner, without the “generation of new genetic information.” The resulting debate—whether the data support evolutionary theory—is more about semantics than science.

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