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Dogs Adapted to Agriculture

By Ed Yong | January 23, 2013

As wolves became domesticated, their genes adapted to a starch-rich diet of human leftovers.


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Will GM Insects Help Stop Disease?

By Sabrina Richards | January 21, 2013

A variety of genetic strategies to counter insect-borne diseases are close to maturity.


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Anonymity Under Threat

By Ruth Williams | January 17, 2013

Scientists uncover the identities of anonymous DNA donors using freely available web searches.


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“Social” Chromosome Discovered

By Sabrina Richards | January 16, 2013

Researchers identify a chromosome in ants that influences colony social structure and, much like the mammalian Y sex chromosome, doesn’t recombine.


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Rita Levi-Montalcini Dies

By Kelly Rae Chi | January 1, 2013

The neurophysiologist who earned a Nobel Prize for discovering nerve growth factor has passed away at age 103.


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Real-time Outbreak Sequencing

By Dan Cossins | December 19, 2012

Sequencing the whole genomes of bacterial pathogens as they spread among hospital patients and health care workers could transform the control of infectious disease.


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Year of the Fetus

By Beth Marie Mole | December 18, 2012

2012 saw the birth of a handful of non-invasive genetic prenatal tests, but the young industry faces growing pains as legal and ethical questions loom. 


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Leading Neuroscientist Dies

By Louis-Eric Trudeau | November 30, 2012

Laurent Descarries, well known for his research on the brain’s axon terminals, has passed away at the age of 73.

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Architecture Reveals Genome’s Secrets

By Sabrina Richards | November 25, 2012

Three-dimensional genome maps are leading to a deeper understanding of how the genome’s form influences its function.


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Neurons Talk Without Synapses

By Ed Yong | November 21, 2012

Neighboring neurons in an insect’s antennae can block each other without sharing any synaptic connections.

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