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Researchers used the genome sequence of Artemisia annua to boost the plant’s production of artemisinin.

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Rather than getting a gene for its original function, a horizontal gene transfer provides the raw material for evolutionary innovation.

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Drug-free environments, such as a designated ward in a hospital, might reduce the strength of selection for resistance.

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image: Salk Institute Suspends Cancer Scientist Inder Verma

Salk Institute Suspends Cancer Scientist Inder Verma

By Ashley Yeager | April 23, 2018

The prominent researcher has been put on administrative leave pending an investigation into unspecified allegations.

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image: Free Divers From Southeast Asia Evolved Bigger Spleens

Free Divers From Southeast Asia Evolved Bigger Spleens

By Anna Azvolinsky | April 19, 2018

The adaptation gives better endurance to the Bajau people, known as sea nomads, by increasing spleen size and, in turn, boosting the number of oxygenated red blood cells when diving.  

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Mitochondrial DNA Plays a Role in Metastasis

By Kerry Grens | April 18, 2018

Experiments in mice show that mitochondria, both within the tumor and beyond, can make the difference between promoting or inhibiting cancer spread.

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How Kidney Cancer Evolves

By Jim Daley | April 18, 2018

Renal cell carcinoma tumors have three different evolutionary fates, each associated with specific clinical outcomes.

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Pembrolizumab combined with chemotherapy nearly doubles survival rates and shrinks tumors in some individuals.

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Genetic analyses uncover cellular hallmarks of bladder cancer tumors that don’t respond, but interfering with one of those characteristics in a mouse model causes tumors to shrink.  

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Certain non-chromosomal defects are strongly associated with specific childhood cancers.

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