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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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Gene Drive’s Achilles Heel

By Kerry Grens | May 22, 2017

Rare genetic variants could blunt efforts to destroy pest populations. 


National opinions about the effectiveness of last month’s science and climate marches are mixed and follow political lines, a Pew survey reports.


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Zika's Economic Burden

By Jef Akst | May 11, 2017

A new analysis estimates that the viral disease could cost between $183 million and more than $10 billion in the U.S. alone. 

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If made law, the American Health Care Act passed today in the US House would eliminate the Obamacare-funded initiative.


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Congress Agrees to Give NIH $2 Billion Extra

By Kerry Grens | May 1, 2017

The proposed spending plan for 2017 includes money for Alzheimer’s and cancer research.

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Cell Lines Gain Cancer-Related Mutations

By Kerry Grens | April 27, 2017

A screen of human embryonic stem cell lines finds several that accumulated changes in the gene TP53, including aberrations commonly seen in cancer.


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