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Among this year’s winners are a geneticist who revealed how plants respond to shade and a group of physicists who mapped the universe’s background radiation.

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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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Medical organizations endorse the “Undetectable = Untransmissible” campaign, which aims to raise awareness of scientific evidence showing that virally suppressed people living with HIV cannot infect others.

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image: Prions Found in Skin of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Patients

Prions Found in Skin of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Patients

By Jef Akst | November 24, 2017

Infectious protein aggregates from the skin of human patients can cause disease in mice.

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An analysis of President Trump’s proposed $7.2 billion slash to the National Institutes of Health budget points to dire consequences for the development of novel drugs.

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The US government has approved the deployment of the lab-raised insects to eliminate the Zika- and dengue-transmitting Asian tiger mosquito.

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Agriculture faculty members allege funding from industry organizations is tied to their employment status.

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Republican Tax Plan Eliminates Popular Education Exemptions

By Shawna Williams | November 6, 2017

The proposal draws criticism from higher-education groups.

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image: Plague Ravaging Madagascar

Plague Ravaging Madagascar

By Kerry Grens | October 10, 2017

Nearly four dozen people have died.

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image: Zika Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Clinical Trial

Zika Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Clinical Trial

By Ashley P. Taylor | October 5, 2017

In humans, the DNA vaccine elicited the production of antibodies, which then protected mice from Zika infection.

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