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DNA from 200-Year-Old Pipe Connects Enslaved Woman to West Africa
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 18, 2019
Genetic material from old artifacts can link people to their ancestral communities and potentially help descendants find their roots.
Some Viruses May Infect by Inserting Different Portions of Genetic Material
Emma Yasinski | Mar 18, 2019
Viruses that infect plants and occasionally insects appear to cause infection with a divide-and-conquer strategy, multiplying separate segments of genetic material in different host cells.
Survey Highlights “Shocking” Gender Bias Among PI Pay in UK
David Adam | Mar 15, 2019
Young science professors, both men and women, say their institutions don’t support them with enough mentoring and resources yet ask them to teach sometimes up to 40 hours a week.
Barbara Low, Trailblazing Woman in X-Ray Crystallography, Dies
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 15, 2019
The former Columbia University professor’s early work helped illuminate the structure of penicillin, allowing chemists to make variants and broaden the scope of antibiotic treatments.
Rapidly Flashing Lights and Sounds Reduces Alzheimer’s in Mice
Jef Akst | Mar 15, 2019
Exposing mice to an hour of 40-hertz stimuli every day for a week reduced levels of amyloid-β plaques and tau protein, and improved cognition.
Opinion: Slow Down, SpaceX
Mohamed Kashkoush | Mar 15, 2019
Rockets can transport humankind to Mars, but only the scientific and medical community can ensure our survival.
Gene Variant Linked to Lower Levels of Hormonal Birth Control
Shawna Williams | Mar 14, 2019
Such differences may help explain accidental pregnancies among women on the pill, researchers say.
Retracts Cardiac Stem Cell Clinical Trial Paper
Kerry Grens | Mar 14, 2019
The publication of the SCIPIO trial is among many by Piero Anversa’s lab that Harvard Medical School flagged for fraudulent data.
Chemogenetics Method Uses Anti-Smoking Drug to Control Cells
Ruth Williams | Mar 14, 2019
A new set of engineered receptors responds to an FDA-approved drug to provide the most potent chemogenetic toolkit to date.
Softer Diets Allowed Early Humans to Pronounce “F,” “V” Sounds
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 14, 2019
Drastic dietary changes during the agricultural revolution altered the configuration of the human bite, paving the way for new sounds in spoken language, a new study finds.