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image: California’s Owls Being Exposed to Rat Poison

California’s Owls Being Exposed to Rat Poison

By | January 15, 2018

Researchers suspect the source of the toxins may be some of the state’s 50,000 or so marijuana farms.

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The discovery reveals the role of a growth factor and endothelial cells in thymus repair, and could have implications for chemotherapy and radiation patients’ recovery following treatment.

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Scientists are beginning to unravel the ways in which we develop a healthy relationship with the bugs in our bodies.

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image: Rising Temperatures and the Elimination of Male Turtles

Rising Temperatures and the Elimination of Male Turtles

By | January 10, 2018

The near-complete feminization of northern Great Barrier Reef sea turtles has been blamed on climate change.

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image: Maternal Response to Zika Damages Mouse Fetuses

Maternal Response to Zika Damages Mouse Fetuses

By | January 5, 2018

Signaling pathways triggered by the mother’s immune system may cause complications during fetal development.

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image: Gene Therapy Temporarily Reverses Type 1 Diabetes in Mice

Gene Therapy Temporarily Reverses Type 1 Diabetes in Mice

By | January 4, 2018

Pancreatic cells engineered to produce insulin did not immediately provoke an immune response.

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image: Child Receives Transgenic Skin

Child Receives Transgenic Skin

By | January 1, 2018

A combination gene-and-cell therapy has given a boy with a grievous skin disease a new lease on life, and resolved a dermatology debate to boot.

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image: CRISPR Proves Promising for Treating ALS in Mice

CRISPR Proves Promising for Treating ALS in Mice

By | December 21, 2017

The gene-editing tool was effective in disabling a defective gene responsible for some forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. 

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image: CRISPR Helps Mice Hear

CRISPR Helps Mice Hear

By | December 20, 2017

Researchers reduce the severity of hereditary deafness in mice with the delivery of CRISPR-Cas9 protein-RNA complexes that inactivate a mutant gene in their inner ears. 

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Upping a gene’s expression in rat brains made them better learners and normalized the activity of hundreds of other genes to resemble the brains of younger animals.

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