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Genomics Pioneer Dies

By | November 7, 2013

Monica Riley, who led groundbreaking work studying the E. coli genome, has passed away at age 87.

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Time for T cells

By | November 7, 2013

Circadian rhythms control the development of inflammatory T cells, while jet lag sends their production into overdrive.

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Protein Sequencing Disputes Linnaeus

By | November 6, 2013

Comparing the proteins of a 300-year-old pickled elephant fetus with modern sequence data challenges Carl Linnaeus’s decision to assign it as the Asian elephant type specimen.

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Newborn Immune Systems Suppressed

By | November 6, 2013

Cells that temporarily restrain their immune systems give babies’ gut bacteria a chance to settle down. 

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Inauthentic Herbals

By | November 6, 2013

Using DNA barcoding, researchers show that herbal products are often contaminated or contain alternative compounds and fillers.

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Frisky Fruit Flies

By | November 5, 2013

Researchers show that Drosophila females upregulate an immune gene for protection against sexually transmitted infections before copulation.

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One Gene, Two Mutations

By | November 5, 2013

Knocking down a single gene spurs pronounced secondary effects in the yeast genome.

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Prominent Geneticist Dies

By | November 5, 2013

Leonard Herzenberg, who helped to develop the first fluorescence-activated cell sorter, has passed away at age 81.

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Week in Review: October 28–November 1

By | November 1, 2013

Neuronal DNA variation; male hormone sparks mosquito egg production; pulvinar neurons aid primate snake detection; spiders and cryptic female choice

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Bad Blood

By | November 1, 2013

A rare bleeding disorder leads scientists to uncover an unusual blood component that might be common to us all.

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