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About Face

By | October 25, 2013

Researchers show that genetic enhancer elements likely contribute to face shape in mice.

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Genetic Test for Autism Refuted

By | October 25, 2013

Replication attempt shows that earlier claims about a genetic test for autism were overblown.

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Week in Review: October 21–25

By | October 25, 2013

PubMed launches Commons; measuring HIV’s latent reservoir; immune-related pathway variation in genome, microbiome; rapamycin and flu vaccines; grasshopper mice resistant to pain

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Evolving Pain Resistance

By | October 24, 2013

Grasshopper mice harbor mutations in a pain-transmitting sodium channel that allow them to prey on highly toxic bark scorpions.

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Mouth Microbes Influenced by Ethnicity

By | October 24, 2013

Researchers identify oral microbiome signatures that correlate with a person’s cultural background.

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Ancient Bee Die Out

By | October 24, 2013

Researchers show that one group of bees likely suffered a mass extinction about 65 million years ago.

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Genome Digest

By | October 23, 2013

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes  

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Confirmed Venomous Crustacean

By | October 22, 2013

Researchers show that a cave-dwelling crustacean may use venom to immobilize and digest its prey.

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Clocking Epigenetics

By | October 22, 2013

DNA methylation status can predict age in various human tissues, a study shows.

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Opinion: Academic Waste

By | October 17, 2013

From funding to publishing, academic research needlessly burns through time and money.

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