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How These Rodents Got Their Stripes

By | November 2, 2016

The African striped mouse and the chipmunk develop dorsal stripes through a newly identified mechanism of coat color variation.

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Family members with a certain gene variant had unnecessary interventions, highlighting the potential hazards of precision medicine.

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Neural Network Found That Helps Control Breathing

By | November 1, 2016

The results suggest that breathing is orchestrated by three—rather than two—excitatory circuits in the medulla.

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The simple therapy likely exploits the neural plasticity of the olfactory system.

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Social Media Accelerates Science

By | November 1, 2016

How researchers are taking advantage of Twitter and other forums to do, share, and discuss research

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Another Neural Circuit that Controls Breathing Found

By | November 1, 2016

This third excitatory network helps to regulate postinspiration.

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The Human Virome

By | November 1, 2016

Diverse viruses can be found commingling with human and bacteria cells in and on people’s bodies. Scientists are just beginning to understand how these viruses help and when they can turn pathogenic.

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Protein Folding Pioneer Dies

By | October 28, 2016

Susan Lindquist of MIT and the Whitehead Institute broke scientific ground on prions and heat shock proteins.

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Whole-genome sequencing of preserved blood samples provides the clearest picture to date of the virus’s arrival and spread in the U.S.

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DNA as an Artistic Medium

By | October 26, 2016

An artist creates images on electrophoresis gels using exhibition visitors’ pooled genetic material.

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