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Microbesity

By | November 1, 2015

Obesity appears linked to the gut microbiome. How and why is still a mystery—but scientists have plenty of ideas.

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Weight's the Matter?

By | November 1, 2015

The causes and consequences of obesity are more complicated than we thought.  

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Evolution of the Penis

By | October 30, 2015

A phallus-less reptile goes through a developmental stage with external genitalia, suggesting a common origin for the organ among amniotes.

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Toward Protecting Participants’ Privacy

By | October 29, 2015

Genomic data shared via the Beacon Project are vulnerable to privacy breaches, scientists show.

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FDA OKs Herpesvirus to Treat Cancer

By | October 28, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration’s approval of an engineered herpesvirus for the treatment of melanoma marks the first oncolytic virus to enter the market.

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Toward a Universal Flu Vax

By | October 27, 2015

Adding an adjuvant to stimulate both innate and adaptive immunity, researchers boost the effectiveness of an influenza A vaccine in mice.

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Infection Assistants

By | October 22, 2015

Parasite-derived exosomes boost Leishmania infection in mice. 

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Following FDA OK, 23andMe to Expand Health Prediction

By | October 21, 2015

The personal genomics firm is ramping up its suite of disease-related genetic tests.

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Dogs Originated in Central Asia

By | October 21, 2015

Man’s best friend was domesticated near Nepal and Mongolia at least 15,000 years ago, according to a genetic analysis.

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Life Before 4 Billion Years Ago?

By | October 20, 2015

A new estimate of the origin of life on Earth pushes back the date by 300 million years.

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