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Research in human patients and mice reveals the role of the circadian clock in the risk of heart damage at different times of day.

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U.S. Withdraws from UNESCO

By Catherine Offord | October 12, 2017

The decision to leave the United Nations’ educational, scientific, and cultural agency was spurred by what American officials say is the organization’s anti-Israel bias and lack of commitment to reform.


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Cell Cannibalism as Cancer Defense

By Jef Akst | July 11, 2017

A new study suggests that the mysterious process by which one cell consumes another may be triggered by cell division, potentially helping to fight tumor growth.


The cell-surface receptor, SIRP-alpha, initiates the innate immune response in hosts.  


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Sex Reversal Mystery Explained?

By Jef Akst | June 15, 2017

A proposed mechanism for how bearded dragons with male chromosomes hatch as females at high temperatures


The new findings, obtained from cell culture experiments, could explain the link between infection with the virus during pregnancy and infant microcephaly.

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San People Write Ethical Code for Research

By Jef Akst | March 21, 2017

With lifestyles similar to our hunter-gatherer ancestors, the San people of Southern Africa are popular study subjects.


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Henrietta Lacks’s Family Seeks Compensation

By Kerry Grens | February 16, 2017

Family members of Lacks, the donor behind the widely used HeLa cell line, are planning to sue Johns Hopkins University.

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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.


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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