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True Colors

By | October 1, 2012

The biological and social ramifications of skin pigmentation are too often ignored by scientists, teachers, and the general public.

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Evolving Dependence

By | September 27, 2012

Scientists unravel the confusing molecular biology behind a fruit fly’s reliance on a single type of cactus.

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Proteinaceous Cassava Lacks Protein

By | September 19, 2012

A PLOS ONE study claiming to have jacked up the essential crop with a gene to allow the plant to produce protein is retracted.

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Neglected Babies Develop Less Myelin

By | September 17, 2012

Mice raised in isolation from their mothers developed cognitive deficits similar to those of babies raised in orphanages where physical contact is infrequent.

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GM Rice Scandal?

By | September 12, 2012

Researchers studying the effects of genetically modified golden rice on schoolchildren in China are accused of unethical behavior.

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Lasker Winners Announced

By | September 10, 2012

This year’s prizes are awarded for advances in liver transplantation, cell biology, and leadership in biomedical science.

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Finding Injury

By | September 1, 2012

The brain’s phagocytes follow an ATP bread trail laid down by calcium waves to the site of damage.

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Opinion: What Is the Human Genome?

By | August 17, 2012

The human genome that researchers sequenced at the turn of the century doesn’t really exist as we know it.

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Court Rules Gene Patents Valid

By | August 17, 2012

Myriad Genetics can hold patents on the BRAC1 and BRAC2 oncogenes, but not on tests comparing DNA sequences.

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Hope for Male Contraception

By | August 16, 2012

A small molecule that inhibits a protein important for chromatin organization can cause reversible sterility in male mice.

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