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Proteins with unstable 3-D structures help the microscopic animals withstand drying.

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Genome Digest

By Diana Kwon | March 16, 2017

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

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Opinion: Birds of a Feather?

By Geoffrey E. Hill | March 10, 2017

Taking into account the interaction of nuclear and mitochondrial genes in birds holds the promise of more objectively defining what constitutes a species.

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Five More Synthetic Yeast Chromosomes Completed

By Anna Azvolinsky | March 9, 2017

Members of the Synthetic Yeast Genome Project have synthesized five additional yeast chromosomes from scratch. 

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Cortical Interneurons Show Layer-Specific Activities

By Ruth Williams | March 2, 2017

Researchers examine the firing patterns of interneurons throughout all layers of the somatosensory cortices of alert mice.  

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How Bacteria Interfere with Insect Reproduction

By Ruth Williams | February 28, 2017

Scientists identify the genes responsible for bacteria-controlled sterility in arthropods.

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An Aging-Related Effect on the Circadian Clock

By Anna Azvolinsky | February 21, 2017

Stress-related genes may be preferentially and rhythmically expressed as part of the circadian rhythms of older fruit flies, researchers report.  

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Abundant Sequence Errors in Public Databases

By Ruth Williams | February 16, 2017

A new algorithm reveals hoards of preparation-induced DNA mutations in publicly available human sequences.

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Broad Wins CRISPR Patent Interference Case

By Jef Akst | February 15, 2017

The USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board has ruled in favor of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard retaining intellectual property rights covered by its patents for CRISPR gene-editing technology.

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Pardis Sabeti: An American Scientist Born in Iran

By Bob Grant | February 9, 2017

When she entered the U.S. shortly before the Iranian revolution of 1979, the now 41-year-old geneticist was a refugee toddler. 

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