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How Hummingbirds Taste Nectar

By | August 21, 2014

Hummingbirds perceive sweetness through a receptor with which other vertebrates taste savory foods. 

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RNA-based Sex Determination?

By | August 20, 2014

Researchers find that microRNAs may play a role some of the sexual differences seen in fruit flies.

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Chikungunya Vaccine Clears Phase 1

By | August 18, 2014

Early-stage clinical trial yields promising results. 

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Week in Review: August 11–15

By | August 15, 2014

Early antibiotics lead to obesity; plants communicate with mRNA; how chikungunya spreads; development of the premature infant gut microbiome; bonobo empathy

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Interspecies RNA Shuffle

By | August 14, 2014

Researchers report the first example of large-scale RNA-based communication between species—a parasitic plant and two of its hosts. 

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WHO Declares Ebola Emergency

By | August 8, 2014

As the World Health Organization calls the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international public health emergency, the US Food and Drug Administration green-lights the potential use of another experimental drug.

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Week in Review: August 4–8

By | August 8, 2014

CRISPR corrects mutation behind blood disorder; stress during pregnancy spans generations; neural stem cells develop long axons; propagation of neurodegeneration-associated protein aggregates

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Opinion: The Murky World of Medical Ethics

By | August 7, 2014

Why are researchers still denying some study participants potentially life-saving therapies?

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Pregnancy Stress Spans Generations

By | August 7, 2014

The stressors a female rat experiences during pregnancy can have repercussions for her granddaughters, a study shows. 

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Bioethics of Experimental Ebola Treatments

By | August 7, 2014

The administration of an experimental serum to two American healthcare workers treated for Ebola on US soil raises questions of safety, efficacy, access, and ethics.

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