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image: Endangered Snails Accidentally Frozen

Endangered Snails Accidentally Frozen

By | November 15, 2011

Hundreds of rare giant land snails held in captivity in New Zealand froze to death after the temperature probes in their containers failed.

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image: Another Non-invasive Fetal Test

Another Non-invasive Fetal Test

By | November 11, 2011

Fetal chromosomal microdeletions that can lead to developmental abnormalities are detectable in samples of the mother’s blood.

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Bacterial Identity Crisis

By | November 9, 2011

Researchers probe the genetics of a group of bacteria known to extensively swap DNA sequences with other species—blurring the species boundaries.

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Prescription Drug Pollutants

By | November 7, 2011

Are pharmaceuticals in the environment affecting human health?

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image: Pioneers Make More Babies

Pioneers Make More Babies

By | November 7, 2011

Women of the French families that colonized Canada in the 17th and 18th centuries had more children and grandchildren than late comers to the region.

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Genome Digest

By | November 2, 2011

Meet the species whose DNA has recently been sequenced.

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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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image: Deadly Bat Fungus Nailed Down

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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image: Mom's Blood Reveals Baby's Down Syndrome

Mom's Blood Reveals Baby's Down Syndrome

By | October 25, 2011

Last week researchers released the first non-invasive prenatal test for Down syndrome, and more such tests are expected in the coming months.

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image: Orangutans Have Culture

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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