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In cooperation with its microbiome, the animal has genetic help in digesting blood and warding off pathogens.

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Stem Cell Vaccine Protects Mice From Cancer

By Ruth Williams | February 15, 2018

Stem cells and cancer cells have enough molecular similarities that the former can be used to trigger immunity against the latter.

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Primitive Human Eggs Grown to Full Maturity in the Lab

By Ashley Yeager | February 9, 2018

The technique could combat infertility, but it's still not clear whether these eggs are normal and functional.

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Researchers find that while bats in the Myotis genus don’t produce telomerase, the enzyme that lengthens telomeres, they possess 21 telomere maintenance–related genes.

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DNA Analysis Paints New Picture of 10,000-Year-Old Briton

By Shawna Williams | February 7, 2018

“Cheddar Man” had dark hair and blue eyes, a sequencing analysis suggests.

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Image of the Day: Colorado Potato Beetles

By The Scientist Staff | February 6, 2018

Leptinotarsa decemlineata has been decimating agricultural crops since at least the 19th century, and by sequencing its genome researchers hope to explore new strategies for controlling the pest.

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The test uses levels of plasma amyloid-β to estimate the buildup of protein plaques in the brain.

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How Viruses Attack Plants

By Claire Asher | February 1, 2018

Viruses are incapable of reproducing without the help of a host, whose cells copy their genetic material and fabricate the building blocks of new virus particles.

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Pectin fragments may signal plant cells to maintain a type of growth suited to darkness.

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Researchers Learn from Plant Viruses to Protect Crops

By Claire Asher | February 1, 2018

Plants are locked in an ancient arms race with hostile viruses, but genome editing is giving crops the upper hand.

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