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image: Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia

Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia

By Catherine Offord | March 6, 2018

A whole-genome analysis of people who experience color when they listen to sounds points to a handful of genes involved in neural development.

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Two large-scale studies reveal new insights into the genomic characteristics of childhood cancers.

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image: Fat Cells Travel to Heal Wounds in Flies

Fat Cells Travel to Heal Wounds in Flies

By Kerry Grens | February 28, 2018

Previously considered immobile, these cells swoop in to seal epithelial holes and clean up cellular detritus.  

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Gene flow between elephant species was a common feature of their evolutionary history.

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image: NSF to Close Overseas Offices

NSF to Close Overseas Offices

By Shawna Williams | February 22, 2018

The agency announces that the fixed offices and staffing will be replaced with short-term expeditions to foster collaboration.

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image: Nobel Prize–Winning Biologist Dies

Nobel Prize–Winning Biologist Dies

By Catherine Offord | February 20, 2018

Günter Blobel, known for his work on the signal hypothesis of protein targeting, has died from cancer at age 81.

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In cooperation with its microbiome, the animal has genetic help in digesting blood and warding off pathogens.

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image: Researchers Produce Alpaca Antibodies Using Yeast

Researchers Produce Alpaca Antibodies Using Yeast

By Catherine Offord | February 14, 2018

With multiple applications in biomedicine, the antibodies can now be made quickly, cheaply, and without the need for an alpaca or one of its relatives.

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image: Federal Science Funding Could Increase Under New Budget Deal

Federal Science Funding Could Increase Under New Budget Deal

By Shawna Williams | February 12, 2018

Congress has increased discretionary spending caps, making it possible that the budgets of US science agencies will rise this fiscal year.

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image: NSF Will Require Reporting of Sexual Harassment

NSF Will Require Reporting of Sexual Harassment

By Jim Daley | February 9, 2018

The agency could demand institutions it funds to remove researchers who are found guilty of misconduct from NSF-supported projects.  

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