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Fake Paper Exposes Failed Peer Review

By | October 6, 2013

The widespread acceptance of an atrocious manuscript, fabricated by an investigative journalist, reveals the near absence of quality at some journals.

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On Women Studying STEM

By | October 4, 2013

Eileen Pollack combines personal experience and data in an essay about being a woman in science.

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Drugs that Don’t Help Could Hurt

By | October 4, 2013

Physicians continue to overprescribe antibiotics for patients with sore throats, a study finds.

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Genetics Firm Gets Baby-Predicting Patent

By | October 4, 2013

23andMe denies that its new patent will be used to help couples create designer babies based on personal genetic testing.

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Week in Review: September 30–October 4

By | October 4, 2013

Scientists feel the shutdown’s sting; dogs comprehend human cues; lab-grown secretory glands; whether online comments help or hurt science

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RNAi Remedy Lowers Cholesterol

By | October 3, 2013

A Phase 1 clinical trial demonstrates the safety and efficacy of an siRNA-based, cholesterol-lowering drug.

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Bug Off

By | October 3, 2013

Identification of a DEET-sensitive olfactory receptor leads to alternative, possibly better, repellants.

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Prehistoric Pollen

By | October 2, 2013

Scientists discover fossilized remnants of a flowering plant about 100 million years older than the oldest previously found.

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Geron’s Stem Cell Program Sold

By | October 2, 2013

The company, which launched the first ever clinical trial for a human embryonic stem cell therapy before shuttering its stem cell arm, has finally struck a deal with BioTime.

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Bacteria Trade Genes

By | October 1, 2013

Extremophiles living in Antarctica’s salty Deep Lake exchange genes much more often than previously observed in nature.

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