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

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

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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: CDC: Flu Vaccine 36 Percent Effective So Far

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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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: Canada Plans to Boost Basic Science Spending

Canada Plans to Boost Basic Science Spending

By Catherine Offord | February 9, 2018

The federal budget, expected before the end of March, may substantially raise funding for research.

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Researchers find that while bats in the Myotis genus don’t produce telomerase, the enzyme that lengthens telomeres, they possess 21 telomere maintenance–related genes.

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image: Blind Cavefish in Mexico Offer Clues to Sleep Regulation

Blind Cavefish in Mexico Offer Clues to Sleep Regulation

By Catherine Offord | February 7, 2018

Two studies identify a signaling pathway that contributes to the fish’s sleeplessness.

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The test uses levels of plasma amyloid-β to estimate the buildup of protein plaques in the brain.

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