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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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Bird Flu Vax Spurs Virus Evolution

By | October 21, 2011

Inadequate poultry immunization programs may cause higher mutations rates in the bird flu virus, rendering the vaccine ineffective and increasing the threat of cross-species transmission.

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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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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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Cloned Coyotes?

By | October 18, 2011

Disgraced South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk and a team of colleagues claim to have cloned the wild canine.

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Climate-Shaped Arabidopsis Genome

By | October 6, 2011

Two genome-wide studies, backed up by field experiments, identify SNPs that correlate with Arabidopsis fitness in various climates.

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New Way to Make Embryonic Stem Cells

By | October 5, 2011

A breakthrough in somatic cell nuclear transfer opens the possibility of producing human embryonic stem cells with a patient’s own genes.

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Next Generation: Microfluidics for the Dish

By | October 4, 2011

A new device for directing fluids is designed to deliver chemical cues directly to petri dishes without disturbing cells.

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