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Tom Price Confirmed as HHS Director

By Joshua A. Krisch | February 10, 2017

The orthopedic surgeon is confirmed to lead the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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image: How Plants Evolved to Eat Meat

How Plants Evolved to Eat Meat

By Diana Kwon | February 7, 2017

Pitcher plants across different continents acquired their tastes for meat in similar ways.

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image: Artificial Cells Talk to Real Ones

Artificial Cells Talk to Real Ones

By Jef Akst | February 1, 2017

Nonliving cells developed in the lab can communicate chemically with living bacteria, according to a study.

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image: Earliest Deuterostome Fossils Described

Earliest Deuterostome Fossils Described

By Kerry Grens | January 31, 2017

These millimeter-size sea creatures lived 540 million years ago.

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Trump Asks Collins to Stay On at NIH

By Tracy Vence | January 20, 2017

Update: The president has extended his request from staying on as NIH director during the transition to a formal appointment.

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Using simulations, scientists report that a mixture of termites and plant competition may be responsible for the strange patterns of earth surrounded by plants in the Namib desert. 

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Clostridium botulinum produces a transcription factor that can aggregate and self-propagate a prion-like form, leading to genome-wide changes in gene expression in E. coli, according to a study.

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image: Baboons Can Make Sounds Found in Human Speech

Baboons Can Make Sounds Found in Human Speech

By Diana Kwon | January 13, 2017

The findings suggest language may have started to evolve millions of years earlier than once thought.  

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A team of scientists was unable to replicate controversial, high-profile findings published in 2011.

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The US House of Representatives “Select Investigative Panel” recommends that the NIH investigate fetal tissue research, and consider no longer funding certain types. 

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