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Behavior Brief

By | October 9, 2012

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Cracking Down on Vaccinations

By | October 9, 2012

A handful of US states are enacting laws that make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children against infectious diseases.

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Slime Mold Smarty Pants

By | October 9, 2012

A form of spatial memory helps a brainless slime mold navigate complex environments, hinting at the possible origins of memory in higher organisms.

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Beard Beer

By | October 4, 2012

A brewmaster is creating a signature concoction using yeast found in his facial hair.

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The GM Barnyard

By | October 3, 2012

Allergen-free cow’s milk and pigs with hardened arteries illustrate how the accuracy of genetic engineering has improved.

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Weeding Out Arsenate

By | October 3, 2012

A miniscule change in a hydrogen bond angle explains how bacteria can select phosphate over arsenate even in high-arsenate conditions.

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Pioneer DNA Researcher Dies

By | October 2, 2012

Leonard Lerman, who helped elucidate the process from gene to protein, passed away last month at age 87.

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Salmonella Strain Spreads Alongside HIV

By | October 1, 2012

Researchers find that a deadly bacterial disease hitchhikes in people infected with the virus that causes AIDS to spread throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

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Novel Deadly Virus

By | October 1, 2012

A new rhabdovirus may be responsible for an outbreak of fatal hemorrhagic fever.

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Book Excerpt from Living Color

By | October 1, 2012

In Chapter 3, "Out of the Tropics," author Nina G. Jablonski, explores the genes behind skin pigmentation and makes the distinction between color and race.

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