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Infection Selection

By | November 13, 2011

Scientists track changes in bacterial genomes during a hospital outbreak to discover potential pathogenesis genes.

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How Blood Cells Thwart Malaria

By | November 10, 2011

The sickle cell anemia mutation may protect against malaria by preventing the parasite from sending dangerous proteins to the red blood cell surface.

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A Smoke-Swirl of Birds

By | November 10, 2011

A video of thousands of birds flying as a single coordinated, amorphous group stirs up questions about how they do it.

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Prenatal Stress Ages Offspring

By | November 9, 2011

High stress during fetal development could  cause premature aging, according to a study in chickens, which published today (November 9) in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 

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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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Fighting Cancer with Light

By | November 7, 2011

Researchers have developed a way to activate cancer fighting drugs by pulsing them with light, which could make such therapies safer.

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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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Shielding Cancer Cells from Damage

By | November 4, 2011

An alternative form of an enzyme involved in the glucose metabolism pathway protects cancer cells from oxidative stress.

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Earliest Modern Europeans Described

By | November 3, 2011

A fossilized jaw bone and teeth from Western Europe are recognized as the oldest modern human fossils recovered in the region.

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Old Cells Advance Aging

By | November 2, 2011

By selectively killing senescent cells, researchers can slow the decline of health in aging mice.

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