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Do Mice Make Bad Models?

By Dan Cossins | February 11, 2013

A study suggests that some mouse models do not accurately mimic human molecular mechanisms of inflammatory response, but other mouse strains may fare better.

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Non-coding Repeats Cause Peptide Clumps

By Ruth Williams | February 7, 2013

Protein aggregates in the brains of some people with dementia or motor neuron disease have a surprising origin.

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Athletes Are Champion Visual Learners

By Ed Yong | January 31, 2013

Pro athletes can learn to parse a complicated moving visual scene faster than most.

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The Sound of Salt

By Sabrina Richards | January 30, 2013

A putative ion channel integral to mammalian hearing turns out to be an elusive salt-sensing chemoreceptor in nematode worms.

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The Making of a Bully

By Bhavana Weidmann | January 25, 2013

Adolescent rats exposed to stress grow into pathologically aggressive adults, behaviors that may be explained by accompanying epigenetic changes and altered brain activity.

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Non-coding Mutations May Drive Cancer

By Dan Cossins | January 24, 2013

The majority of human melanomas contain mutations in a gene promoter, suggesting mutations in regulatory regions may spur some cancers.

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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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