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Sleep Deprivation Hardly Harms Fruit Flies
Kerry Grens | Feb 21, 2019
Some individuals sleep just minutes a day. And keeping flies awake does not have untoward effects on longevity.
DNA’s Coding Power Doubled
Ruth Williams | Feb 21, 2019
All life on earth uses a genetic code based on four nucleotides. Now, scientists have created one with eight.
The Mirror Test Peers Into the Workings of Animal Minds
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 21, 2019
Nearly 50 years after its development, only a handful of creatures have passed the self-awareness exam. A new attempt with fish highlights a debate over the test’s use and meaning.
Young Blood Unproven as Anti-Aging Treatment: US FDA
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 20, 2019
The agency warns that plasma treatments costing thousands of dollars, which supposedly treat the infirmities of old age, have not been proven “safe or effective.”
Salt Could Play a Role in Allergies
Abby Olena | Feb 20, 2019
High salt concentrations are present in the affected skin of people with atopic dermatitis and promote the differentiation of the T helper cells involved in the development of allergic diseases.
Retracts Paper on Delivery System for CAR T Immunotherapy
Diana Kwon | Feb 20, 2019
The manuscript had amassed more than 50 comments about problematic figures and data on PubPeer.
Gene Drive–Equipped Mosquitoes Released into Lab Environment
Jef Akst | Feb 20, 2019
The large-scale experiments aim to test how the technology would fare in the wild, if deployed to knock down populations of the pests.
Pioneering Climate Scientist, Wallace Broecker, Dies
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 19, 2019
The Columbia University geochemist is credited with popularizing the term “climate change” and his research shaped the modern understanding of water circulation in the ocean.
Longevity Clues Tucked in Great White Shark Genome
Ashley Yeager | Feb 19, 2019
Certain adaptations identified in the fish’s DNA linked to wound healing, cancer protection, and a long life.
New Global Trade Route Could Shuttle Invasive Species
K.V. Venkatasubramanian | Feb 19, 2019
China’s ongoing Belt and Road Initiative passes through areas that are already at risk of swapping organisms.