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Mice who get less attention from their mothers have more copies of a common retrotransposon in the genomes of their hippocampal neurons.


A study finds that the vaccine’s effects wear off as a person ages, suggesting a need for booster shots.

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The findings suggest that faster synthesis, rather than decreased clearance, causes the protein to build up in neurons.


image: Kathy Matthews, <em>Drosophila</em> Geneticist, Dies

Kathy Matthews, Drosophila Geneticist, Dies

By Kerry Grens | March 20, 2018

For decades, Matthews led two important repositories for fruit fly research: the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center and FlyBase.  

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Rather, the breast cancer mutation screen was classified as a type of medical device with obligations for the company to reduce risks to customers.

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image: Louise Slaughter, Scientist and Congresswoman, Dies

Louise Slaughter, Scientist and Congresswoman, Dies

By Kerry Grens | March 19, 2018

Trained in microbiology, Slaughter championed science, women’s health, and consumer protections as a member of the US House of Representatives.


image: Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics

Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics

By Ruth Williams | March 15, 2018

A device dubbed the “mother machine” enables real-time observation of mutagenesis in single bacterial cells.  


The finding suggests corvids may have an innate sense of number.


image: New Genetic Stroke-Risk Factors Identified

New Genetic Stroke-Risk Factors Identified

By Catherine Offord | March 13, 2018

Analysis of DNA samples from more than 520,000 people brings the number of known stroke-risk loci to 32. 


Host slugs given Prozac to increase their serotonin levels no longer avoid parasitic nematodes, the same behavior seen in infected slugs.


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