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

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image: Bats May Have Taken on Viruses To Stay in Flight

Bats May Have Taken on Viruses To Stay in Flight

By Ashley Yeager | February 23, 2018

Dampening the immune response to stay up in the air may have helped bats become tolerant to viral infections.

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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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A closer moon and ideal coastal conditions for tide pool formation may have started the evolutionary transition of tetrapods.

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Poecilia formosa, an all-female fish species, has a surprisingly robust genome. 

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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: Proposed Federal Budget Slashes Funds to EPA, CDC

Proposed Federal Budget Slashes Funds to EPA, CDC

By Diana Kwon | February 13, 2018

Funds for the NIH and NSF would stay flat, while some agencies, including the FDA and NASA, would see increases.

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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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More than 3,500 scientists had signed an open letter to NIH Director Francis Collins opposing the rules change.

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