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Inherited Resistance to Cocaine

By Ed Yong | December 17, 2012

Cocaine-using rat fathers pass epigenetic changes on to their sons that make them resistant to coke addiction.


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Cancer More Diverse than Its Genetics

By Ruth Williams | December 13, 2012

Tumor cells can exhibit different behaviors despite being genetically indistinguishable.


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BioTime Seeks Geron Stem Cell Assets

By Vicki Brower | November 13, 2012

Two former Geron CEOs make a bid for the company’s defunct human embryonic stem cell business.

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Mapping Genetic Variation

By Ed Yong | October 31, 2012

The 1000 Genomes Project reveals the most comprehensive catalog to date of variation in the human genome.

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Viruses Affect Cell Reprogramming

By Sabrina Richards | October 25, 2012

Viral vectors used to carry transcription factors that de-differentiate cells into a stem-cell-like state are themselves a key factor in efficient reprogramming.


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Moss Harbors Foreign Genes

By Ed Yong | October 23, 2012

Genes from fungi, bacteria, and viruses may have helped mosses and other plants to colonize the land.


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Epigenetic Enigmas

By Beth Marie Mole | October 17, 2012

Overturning previous studies, a peculiar protozoan mysteriously uses a DNA-markup system to take out the genetic trash.   

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New Culprit for Parkinson’s?

By Dan Cossins | October 17, 2012

Scientists use human stem cells to show that nuclear defects may play a role in Parkinson’s disease, and suggest a way to reverse the problem.


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Stem Cells Myelinate Human Brain

By Sabrina Richards | October 10, 2012

In a Phase I trial, researchers show that neural stem cells transplanted into humans can differentiate and begin producing myelin.


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Cell Re-Programmers Take the Nobel

By Beth Marie Mole | October 8, 2012

John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka win this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine for learning how to reboot cellular development. 


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