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Dog-Wolf Split

By | January 17, 2014

Yet another genetic study of modern canines, both wild and domestic, supports the notion that humans domesticated dogs before growing crops.

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Week in Review: January 13–17

By | January 17, 2014

Debating the origins of placental mammals; H. pylori-human coevolution; ant, bee, and wasp queens emit similar pheromones; profiling protein expression in single cancer cells

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Gene Therapy Improves Sight

By | January 17, 2014

Patients progressing toward blindness now have better vision after a gene therapy trial.

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Flight Plan

By | January 17, 2014

Birds flying in V formations coordinate their position and flapping in ways predicted to maximize energy conservation.

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Toxin Evolution

By | January 16, 2014

Researchers show that scorpion venom toxins are closely related to defensive proteins from venomous insects.

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New Neuroscience Journal to Launch

By | January 15, 2014

The publisher of The Journal of Neuroscience has laid out plans for an open-access, online-only journal for brain research.

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$1,000 Genome at Last?

By | January 15, 2014

Illumina says its newest sequencing system can churn out whole human genomes for $1,000 apiece.

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Gut Microbes Prevent Locust Swarms

By | January 15, 2014

Migratory locusts are less likely to aggregate into crop-devastating swarms when infected by the parasite Paranosema locustae.

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New Budget Bill Short Shrifts Science

By | January 15, 2014

The omnibus spending bill unveiled by US Congress this week would restore some research budgets cut by sequestration, but critics say it's not enough.

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Fewer Female Snail Penises

By | January 14, 2014

Researchers are now spotting fewer cases of imposex—in which female sea snails develop male sexual organs—as a result of a chemical ban instituted in 2008.

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