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The genomes of two species of water bears reveal clues about how they persist in extreme conditions, yet don’t resolve the animals’ debated evolutionary story.

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Opinion: Biobanking Has a Consent Dilemma

By Timothy Caulfield | July 25, 2017

Is the deep uncertainty surrounding fundamental legal and ethical norms putting biobanks in a precarious position? 

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A new method stimulates B cells to make human antigen-specific antibodies, obviating the need for vaccinating blood donors or hunting for rare B cells.

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Opinion: Hidden Environmental Cost in Green Solutions

By Meredith Richardson and Praveen Kumar | June 30, 2017

The inclusion of soil nutrient fluxes is critical for more-accurately assessing the societal value of ethanol biofuel vs. corn feed.

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Gut Feeling

By Ruth Williams | June 22, 2017

Sensory cells of the mouse intestine let the brain know if certain compounds are present by speaking directly to gut neurons via serotonin.

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Art’s Diagnosticians

By Abby Olena | June 12, 2017

Physicians peer into the subjects of artistic masterpieces, and find new perspective on their own approach to diagnosing maladies.

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Mammals May Have a 12-Hour Clock

By Ashley Yeager | June 6, 2017

Data point to peaks in gene expression in the morning and evening that are distinct from day-night circadian cycles.

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Opinion: The Virome and the Anti-vaccination Debate

By Stephan Guttinger | June 6, 2017

Advances in microbiome research are increasingly used in anti-vaccination arguments, yet the science actually undermines the premise of the argument.

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Researchers Discover Salt-Loving Methanogens

By Abby Olena | May 26, 2017

Two previously overlooked archaeal strains fill an evolutionary gap for microbes.

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Male Fish Borrows Egg to Clone Itself

By Ruth Williams | May 24, 2017

A fish created by spontaneous androgenesis is the first known vertebrate to arise naturally by this asexual reproductive phenomenon. 

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