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DNA Barcoding Boom

By Jef Akst | November 29, 2011

This week, 450 scientists and industry experts gather at the University of Adelaide in Australia to discuss one of the latest fads in biology—species identification with minimal DNA.


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Sweet Potato Gets Funding

By Tia Ghose | November 23, 2011

Two research centers have announced funding for scientists to study the Thanksgiving staple


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Science Avoids Big Budget Cuts

By Jef Akst | November 22, 2011

Congress has passed a spending bill that spares some of the country’s biggest science agencies from the worst of the deficit-reduction measures.


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Har Gobind Khorana Dies at 89

By Edyta Zielinska | November 18, 2011

Nobel Prize winning biologist who first decoded how a triplet of nucleic acids encoded an amino acid passed away this month.


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Illegal Breeding at Chimp Facility?

By Cristina Luiggi | November 17, 2011

The Human Society is still concerned that a US primate research center of illegally breeding federally-owned chimpanzees.


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Another Non-invasive Fetal Test

By Jef Akst | November 11, 2011

Fetal chromosomal microdeletions that can lead to developmental abnormalities are detectable in samples of the mother’s blood.


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NSF Sans Peer Review

By Bob Grant | November 10, 2011

The US science funding agency unveils a new grant program that does away with external peer review.


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Bacterial Identity Crisis

By Cristina Luiggi | November 9, 2011

Researchers probe the genetics of a group of bacteria known to extensively swap DNA sequences with other species—blurring the species boundaries.


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Turkish Scientists Resign in Protest

By Jef Akst | November 9, 2011

As the Turkish government threatens the autonomy of a research institution, its scientists threaten to leave.


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Fighting Cancer with Light

By Tia Ghose | November 7, 2011

Researchers have developed a way to activate cancer fighting drugs by pulsing them with light, which could make such therapies safer.


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