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What Made Human Brains So Big?

By Ashley Yeager | May 24, 2018

Ecological challenges such as finding food and creating fire may have led the organ to become abnormally large, a new computer model suggests.

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The finding confirms that a cluster of cells that directs the fate of other cells in the developing embryo is evolutionarily conserved across the animal kingdom.

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Ebola Update: Funding, Vaccines, and More Deaths in DRC

By Catherine Offord | May 23, 2018

A total of 27 people have died since April, but new funds and the deployment of an experimental vaccine are expected to help contain the virus.

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Image of the Day: Jasper the Cat

By The Scientist Staff | May 22, 2018

Researchers found a previously undiscovered hepadnavirus in an immunocompromised cat.

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Image of the Day: Hammerhead

By The Scientist Staff | May 21, 2018

This hammer-headed fruit bat is wearing a GPS tracker deployed by researchers with the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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As the virus spreads in Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization is preparing to immunize people as soon as this week.

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Head of Global Health Security Ousted from White House

By Shawna Williams | May 10, 2018

The position was eliminated the same week a new Ebola outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Sequencing of a single gene can spot patients with a dangerous form of mycosis fungoides better than other prognostic tests.  

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The country’s health ministry and the World Health Organization rush to contain the new outbreak.

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The agency says it has taken various steps to ensure the privacy of participants’ data. 

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