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George W. Bush’s Science Advisor Dies

By Tia Ghose | August 2, 2011

John Marburger became a lightning rod for criticism that the Bush administration had politicized climate change science and human embryonic stem cell research.

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Anti-evolution Vandals?

By Edyta Zielinska | August 1, 2011

Pro-evolution bumper stickers and emblems are being removed from the cars of biologists in Florida.

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Peer Review Needs a Makeover

By Tia Ghose | July 29, 2011

A UK parliamentary panel says peer review is still valuable, but should be supplemented by open review processes, preprint servers, and online repositories.

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Stem Cell Funding Victory

By Cristina Luiggi | July 27, 2011

A US judge dismisses a case against federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research.

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Regulating the Humanized

By Bob Grant | July 25, 2011

A UK panel puts forth guidelines for research that use experimental animals harboring human cells and tissues.

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Neanderthal DNA in Modern Humans

By Jef Akst | July 19, 2011

Non-African people carry remnants of the Neanderthal X chromosome, suggesting interbreeding with early human ancestors.

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Stem Cell Approvals Are Up

By Jef Akst | July 18, 2011

The number of human embryonic stem cells approved for federal funding continues to grow.

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Zinc Fingers Bear Fruit

By Bob Grant | July 18, 2011

A method for precise gene editing is able to change disease-causing point mutations in human stem cell DNA.

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Most Wanted Toad Found

By Jef Akst | July 15, 2011

A colorful toad that has been missing for 87 years is discovered in Malaysia.

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Animal Experiments Increase in the UK

By Megan Scudellari | July 14, 2011

The hike is attributed to expanded use of genetically modified and mutant animals.

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