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Anti-Inflammatory Drugs as Antivenom?

By | February 24, 2016

Compounds typically used to calm the immune system can prevent death from scorpion venom in mice, researchers report.

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TS Picks: February 24, 2016

By | February 24, 2016

High-profile stem cell research scandal; forthcoming direct-to-consumer genetics apps; GINA and life insurance

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Similar Data, Different Conclusions

By | February 23, 2016

By tweaking certain conditions of a long-running experiment on E. coli, scientists found that some bacteria could be prompted to express a mutant phenotype sooner, without the “generation of new genetic information.” The resulting debate—whether the data support evolutionary theory—is more about semantics than science.

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A Genetic Root to Seasonal Affective Disorder

By | February 23, 2016

Researchers have identified a gene that ties sleeping patterns to the winter blues experienced by many people living at extreme northern and southern latitudes.

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Widespread Plant Immune Tactics

By | February 22, 2016

A survey of plant genomes reveals how different species trick pathogens into triggering their immune defenses.

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New CRISPR Patent Issued

By | February 18, 2016

Caribou Biosciences receives a patent related to the gene-editing technology.

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Neanderthals’ Genetic Legacy

By | February 11, 2016

Ancient DNA in the genomes of modern humans influences a range of physiological traits.

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Premature Assault?

By | February 9, 2016

Plants may trick bacteria into attacking before the microbial population reaches a critical size, allowing the plants to successfully defend the weak invasion.

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image: Another Lyme Disease–Causing Bacterium Found

Another Lyme Disease–Causing Bacterium Found

By | February 9, 2016

Scientists discover another species of Borrelia in the U.S.

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Aging Shrinks Chromosomes

By | February 5, 2016

A study on human cells reveals how cellular aging affects the 3-D architecture of chromosomes.

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