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Genomic analysis of an oak tree that lived during Napoleon’s time supports the idea that plants somehow avoid the accumulation of mutations in their stem cells.

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Mutation Linked to Longer Life Span in Men

By Jef Akst | June 19, 2017

A deletion in a growth hormone receptor gene is tied to an average of 10 extra years of life among men, but not women, according to a study.


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Sex Reversal Mystery Explained?

By Jef Akst | June 15, 2017

A proposed mechanism for how bearded dragons with male chromosomes hatch as females at high temperatures


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Proposed NIH Grant Cap Criticized

By Diana Kwon | June 8, 2017

Update: The agency announced it will ditch the proposal, and set up a fund for early- to mid-career scientists instead.


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Age-Related Bias in NIH Awards

By Diana Kwon | June 6, 2017

The number of young investigators with NIH grants has declined since 1982, but recent efforts by the agency to increase funding for early-stage investigators are working, a study finds.


The publicly available database found nearly a third of samples included mutations targeted by either approved drugs or therapies in clinical trials. 


The new findings, obtained from cell culture experiments, could explain the link between infection with the virus during pregnancy and infant microcephaly.

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Tracing Zika’s Spread Through Genetics

By Jef Akst | May 25, 2017

DNA sequencing reveals that the virus responsible for the recent outbreak in the Americas originated in Brazil in 2014 and circulated undetected for months before the first cases were reported.

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Clinical medicine and biosciences are among the UK disciplines that receive the most EU funding.


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Smarty Genes

By Ashley P. Taylor | May 23, 2017

Scientists have identified 40 new genes linked to human intelligence.


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