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Preterm Labor May Be Sparked by Fetal Immune Reaction

By Ruth Williams | April 25, 2018

Immune cells targeting maternal antigens are abundant in the blood of premature infants, suggesting fetal intolerance of mom may instigate early labor.  

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Mitochondria’s Bacterial Origins Upended

By Shawna Williams | April 25, 2018

Contrary to some hypotheses, the organelles did not descend from any known lineage of Alphaproteobacteria, researchers find.

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Rather than getting a gene for its original function, a horizontal gene transfer provides the raw material for evolutionary innovation.

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image: Free Divers From Southeast Asia Evolved Bigger Spleens

Free Divers From Southeast Asia Evolved Bigger Spleens

By Anna Azvolinsky | April 19, 2018

The adaptation gives better endurance to the Bajau people, known as sea nomads, by increasing spleen size and, in turn, boosting the number of oxygenated red blood cells when diving.  

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image: Inside the OSTP: Q&A With a Senior Science Policy Advisor

Inside the OSTP: Q&A With a Senior Science Policy Advisor

By Shawna Williams | April 18, 2018

Sara Brenner discusses why she took a break from academia to join the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, and what she hopes to accomplish there.

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Women Less Successful When Applying for Patents

By Diana Kwon | April 18, 2018

An investigation of 2.7 million patent submissions in the U.S. finds gender disparities throughout the application process.

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image: RNA Injection Restores Hearing in Guinea Pigs

RNA Injection Restores Hearing in Guinea Pigs

By Abby Olena | April 18, 2018

Researchers deliver small interfering RNAs loaded into nanoparticles into the ears of adult guinea pigs to regenerate hair cells damaged by noise.

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image: Human Brain Organoids Thrive in Mouse Brains

Human Brain Organoids Thrive in Mouse Brains

By Ashley Yeager | April 16, 2018

After implantation, the tissue developed blood vessels and became integrated into neuronal networks in the animals’ brains.

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image: The Second March for Science a Smaller Affair

The Second March for Science a Smaller Affair

By Shawna Williams, Ashley Yeager, and Jim Daley | April 14, 2018

Many cities around the globe, including Washington, DC, saw shrunken crowd sizes, and numerous events turned into rallies rather than processions.

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image: Scenes from the 2018 March for Science

Scenes from the 2018 March for Science

By Shawna Williams, Ashley Yeager, and Jim Daley | April 14, 2018

“I'm not a mad scientist. I'm absolutely furious.”

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