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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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Poecilia formosa, an all-female fish species, has a surprisingly robust genome. 

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Researchers Produce Alpaca Antibodies Using Yeast

By Catherine Offord | February 14, 2018

With multiple applications in biomedicine, the antibodies can now be made quickly, cheaply, and without the need for an alpaca or one of its relatives.

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Federal Science Funding Could Increase Under New Budget Deal

By Shawna Williams | February 12, 2018

Congress has increased discretionary spending caps, making it possible that the budgets of US science agencies will rise this fiscal year.

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Book Excerpt from How to Feed the World

By Uris Baldos | February 12, 2018

In chapter 5, “The Technology Ticket,” contributing author Uris Baldos urges acceptance and investment in “precision agriculture” to provide for a burgeoning global population.

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NSF Will Require Reporting of Sexual Harassment

By Jim Daley | February 9, 2018

The agency could demand institutions it funds to remove researchers who are found guilty of misconduct from NSF-supported projects.  

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Reductions from the budget passed today and a $750-million shift of funds to the Children’s Health Insurance Program add pressure to public health initiatives, including immunizations and outbreak responses.

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Canada Plans to Boost Basic Science Spending

By Catherine Offord | February 9, 2018

The federal budget, expected before the end of March, may substantially raise funding for research.

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Gene Expression Overlaps Among Psychiatric Disorders

By Ashley P. Taylor | February 8, 2018

Transcriptional profiling of post-mortem human brains reveals commonalities in the genes over- and under-expressed in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, and major depression. 

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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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