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What we can know about biology before the last universal common ancestor is limited—and we should be circumspect in filling in the gaps.

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image: Prominent Salk Institute Scientist Inder Verma Resigns

Prominent Salk Institute Scientist Inder Verma Resigns

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 12, 2018

His decision came as an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him was ongoing.  

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Image of the Day: Memory Jogger

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 12, 2018

Scientists can livestream how the mouse brain’s hippocampus maps the physical world and accesses those memories.  

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Blood Test Predicts Pregnancy Due Date

By Kerry Grens | June 7, 2018

A small study based on circulating RNA in the blood of moms-to-be describes a technique that could be used to help predict who’s most at risk of preterm labor.

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Bees Appear Able to Comprehend the Concept of Zero

By Ashley Yeager | June 7, 2018

The insects correctly ordered an absence of black dots as “less than” a group of black dots.

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Dogs in Southern China Host Several Strains of Flu

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 6, 2018

They may be a prospective source for an influenza pandemic, researchers warn.  

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The results suggest the virus could severely alter brain development in infants infected after birth, but blocking a signaling protein early on might ease certain symptoms.

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Compared with their urban counterparts, babies and toddlers in rural Nigeria have gut microbiota that more closely resembles that of adults in their community.

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Luna DNA, Nebula Genomics, and other “bio-brokers” will allow customers to make money by granting access to their genetic and personal information for research purposes.

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Cell Transplant Trial for Spinal Injury Is Safe

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2018

The first human experiment with neural precursor cells implanted to treat chronic spinal cord injury suggests the procedure is safe, and hints at a small benefit.  

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