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A Single Mutation in Zika Led to Devastating Effects

By | September 28, 2017

One amino acid change within a viral structural protein makes the difference between mild cases of brain damage and severe microcephaly in mice.

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Coastal Critters Make Epic Voyages After 2011 Tsunami

By | September 28, 2017

Marine species survived rafting thousands of kilometers on debris swept into the water by the giant wave, scientists say.

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Opinion: Banning Shark Fin Sales in the U.S. Will Backfire

By | September 27, 2017

A proposal to do so would cause waste, promote less sustainable fisheries, and penalize US fishers who follow best practices.

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Opinion: Toxic Time Bombs

By | September 25, 2017

Decades of evidence point to the untoward health effects of endocrine disruptor exposures, yet little is being done to regulate the chemicals.

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The Caterpillar that Cries Wolf

By | September 22, 2017

In a case of acoustic deception, caterpillars mimic bird alarm calls to defend themselves.

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Sexual Touch Promotes Early Puberty

By | September 21, 2017

The brains and bodies of young female rats can be accelerated into puberty by the presence of an older male or by stimulation of the genitals.

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How Poison Frogs Avoid Poisoning Themselves

By | September 21, 2017

Amphibians resist their own chemical defenses with amino acid modifications in the sequence for a target receptor.

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The Cellular Hallmarks of Consciousness

By | September 21, 2017

Recording from single neurons of epilepsy patients, neuroscientists show that both the strength and timing of neuronal firing are important to consciously perceive a visual object. 

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image: Icelanders’ Genomes Hint at Origins of Genetic Diversity

Icelanders’ Genomes Hint at Origins of Genetic Diversity

By | September 20, 2017

An analysis of 14,000 genomes reveals regions where new mutations are more likely to develop.

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Publishers’ Legal Action Advances Against Sci-Hub

By | September 19, 2017

The pirate site plans to ignore the lawsuits from Elsevier and the American Chemical Society.

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