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Study: Genetic Tests Don’t Change Behavior

By | March 17, 2016

Knowing one’s genetic risk for particular diseases doesn’t encourage behavior modifications, according to a study.

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A study suggests bats in Asia could have genes that protect them from the fungal infection that is decimating bat populations in North America.

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Adjustable Brain Cells

By | February 18, 2016

Neighboring neurons can manipulate astrocytes. 

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Blocking a Stress-Related Gene Relieves Chronic Pain

By | February 10, 2016

Inhibiting the activity of a protein involved in the body’s stress response can ease chronic pain in mice.

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Capsule Reviews

By | February 1, 2016

What Should a Clever Moose Eat?, The Illusion of God's Presence, GMO Sapiens, and Why We Snap

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Keep Off the Grass

By | February 1, 2016

Ecologists focused on grasslands urge policymakers to keep forestation efforts in check.

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Jason Holliday: Tree Tracker

By | February 1, 2016

Associate Professor, Virginia Tech, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. Age: 37

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Cas9 Further Refined

By | January 7, 2016

Researchers have engineered a Cas9 variant that produces almost no detectable gene-editing errors in the CRISPR/Cas9 system.

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Life Scientists Receive National Medals

By | December 24, 2015

The White House announces the recipients of this year’s US National Medals of Science and of Technology and Innovation.

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Dog Origins Disputed

By | December 17, 2015

A genomic study suggests that dogs diverged from wolves in Southeast Asia 33,000 years ago, contrary to reports placing their origins elsewhere on the continent.

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