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Natural-Born Doctors

By | October 23, 2012

Bees, sheep, and chimps are just a few of the animals known to self-medicate. Can they teach us about maintaining our own health?


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Genomic Methylation Collector

By | October 22, 2012

A parasitic worm accumulates epigenetic DNA tags over its lifetime.  

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HIV Evolves Vulnerability

By | October 22, 2012

In mutating to evade immune detection, HIV becomes susceptible to detection by different antibodies, suggesting new strategies for vaccination.


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MRSA on the Loose

By | October 22, 2012

Wild animals are getting and spreading the deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria.   

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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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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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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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