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Poisonous Shrooms Battle Cancer

By | April 4, 2012

A deadly mushroom toxin shrinks pancreatic tumors in mice.

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Ants Share Pathogens for Immunity

By | April 3, 2012

A new study shows that grooming by ants promotes colony-wide resistance to fungal infections by transferring small amounts of pathogen to nestmates.

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Next Generation: Painless Vaccine Patch

By | April 2, 2012

Vaccination via tiny microneedles elicits a powerful immune response in the skin.

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The World in a Cabinet, 1600s

By | April 1, 2012

A 17th century Danish doctor arranges a museum of natural history oddities in his own home.

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Whirlpool Bistros

By | April 1, 2012

Fish adapt to feed for months along the entire depth of massive oceanic whirlpools that are rich in nutrients and plankton.

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Pesticide Problems for Bees

By | March 30, 2012

Bees exposed to neonicotinoids, a widely-used class of pesticide, navigate poorly and produce fewer queens, suggesting a role for neonicotinoids in colony collapse.

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More Maternal Effort Means More Robust Offspring

By | March 28, 2012

House wrens forced to invest extra resources in their offspring produced bigger sons and daughters with stronger immune systems.

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How Now Brown Cow?

By | March 28, 2012

A recent study suggests that domestic cows come from a single founding population of ancient oxen.

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Let Them Eat Dirt

By | March 22, 2012

Early exposure to microbes shapes the mammalian immune system by subduing inflammatory T cells.

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Behavior Brief

By | March 21, 2012

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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