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Fiddling with Human Genes

By | November 30, 2015

A look at the technologies now helping researchers edit human genes and discussions of the controversy that has ensued.

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Spiders, Prey Leave DNA

By | November 30, 2015

A study of black widow spiders suggests that the arachnids leave traces of their own genetic material and DNA from prey in their sticky webs.

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Reining in Gene Drives

By | November 18, 2015

Researchers have developed two methods to avoid the unchecked spread of engineered genes through wild populations.

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Buzzed Honeybees

By | October 20, 2015

Caffeinated nectar makes bees more loyal to a food source, even when foraging there is suboptimal.

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One-Third of Cactus Species Threatened

By | October 6, 2015

A global assessment of declining cacti populations places responsibility on increasing human activities.

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Butterflies in Peril

By | August 12, 2015

Several recent studies point to serious—and mysterious—declines in butterfly numbers across the globe.

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Mimicry Muses

By | August 1, 2015

The animal world is full of clever solutions to bioengineering challenges.

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1 + 1 = 1

By | July 1, 2015

Nutrient levels in soil don’t add up when food chains combine.

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Intelligence Gathering

By | July 1, 2015

Disease eradication in the 21st century

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When Does a Smart Mouse Become Human?

By | July 1, 2015

Ethical issues attend the creation of animal-human chimeras.

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