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Mom's Blood Reveals Baby's Down Syndrome

By | October 25, 2011

Last week researchers released the first non-invasive prenatal test for Down syndrome, and more such tests are expected in the coming months.


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Orangutans Have Culture

By | October 25, 2011

A study shows that different populations of the Southeast Asian ape display and transmit specific behaviors through generations in a way similar to human cultures.


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Milk: Does It Really Do a Body Good?

By | October 21, 2011

The claim that drinking three glasses of milk per day confers cardiovascular benefits has been withdrawn from a year-old press release issued by a Dutch research institute.


image: <em>Wolbachia</em> Boost Stem Cell Production

Wolbachia Boost Stem Cell Production

By | October 20, 2011

The widespread bacteria known to manipulate host reproductive output can do so by ramping up stem cell division and consequent egg production in Drosophila.


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One-Eyed Shark

By | October 19, 2011

This is not an ancient one-eyed species, but an animal suffering from a rare congenital condition known as cyclopia, which has been documented in a variety of species, including humans. 


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Cyclops Shark Found

By | October 19, 2011

A Gulf of California fisherman brings home a baby dusky shark with only one eye.


Malaria Vax Yields Promising Results

By | October 18, 2011

Data from the Phase III trial of a malaria vaccine breeds hope for immunization as a possible weapon against the dreaded disease.


image: Climate-Shaped <em>Arabidopsis</em> Genome

Climate-Shaped Arabidopsis Genome

By | October 6, 2011

Two genome-wide studies, backed up by field experiments, identify SNPs that correlate with Arabidopsis fitness in various climates.


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Placebos Use Pot Receptor

By | October 5, 2011

Some pain-relief placebos work in part by activating a cannabinoid receptor, stimulating the same pathway as marijuana.


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Drug Shortages Plague Research

By | October 5, 2011

Dwindling stocks in more than a dozen cancer drugs are delaying clinical trials.



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