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CDC: Flu Vaccine 36 Percent Effective So Far

By Catherine Offord | February 16, 2018

The vaccine shows better-than-expected effectiveness against the most common and most virulent strain of influenza in children under 9 years old.

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SHERLOCK and DETECTR can identify particular nucleic acid sequences, while CAMERA records events in human and bacterial cells.

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Poecilia formosa, an all-female fish species, has a surprisingly robust genome. 

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These are the first known cases of individuals catching the virus from their pets in Canada or the U.S.

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image: Human Fleas and Lice Spread Black Death

Human Fleas and Lice Spread Black Death

By Ashley Yeager | January 16, 2018

A new study suggests that the plague, which killed millions of people, was not transmitted by rats.

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image: California’s Owls Being Exposed to Rat Poison

California’s Owls Being Exposed to Rat Poison

By Catherine Offord | January 15, 2018

Researchers suspect the source of the toxins may be some of the state’s 50,000 or so marijuana farms.

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image: Study: UV Light Destroys Bat-Killing Fungus

Study: UV Light Destroys Bat-Killing Fungus

By Katarina Zimmer | January 5, 2018

White nose syndrome has killed millions of bats throughout North America since it was discovered on the continent. 

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image: Study: Facial Cues Indicate Sickness

Study: Facial Cues Indicate Sickness

By Diana Kwon | January 4, 2018

Pale skin and hanging eyelids are tell-tale signs of apparent illness.

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image: Federal Ban Lifted on Studying Most Dangerous Pathogens

Federal Ban Lifted on Studying Most Dangerous Pathogens

By Kerry Grens | December 20, 2017

Only a few labs will earn funding for such “gain-of-function” research on SARS, MERS, and other deadly diseases.

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image: Flies’ Feet Can Spread Bacteria

Flies’ Feet Can Spread Bacteria

By Kerry Grens | November 27, 2017

Lab experiments and metagenomic analyses of flies’ resident bacteria indicate that the insects carry microbes from place to place on their legs.

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