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Plant Data, for a Price

By | September 3, 2013

An online repository of botanical data previously funded by the National Science Foundation is forced to collect user fees for the first time in its 14-year existence.

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Obesity-Fighting Drug May Improve Metabolism

By | September 3, 2013

Initial tests of a hormone therapy suggest it reduces LDL cholesterol and improves weight loss in obese patients with type 2 diabetes.

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Skin-Eating Fungus Threatens Salamanders

By | September 3, 2013

A fungus that erodes the skin has caused massive die-offs of fire salamanders in the Netherlands.

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Some Assembly Required

By | September 3, 2013

Researchers construct nanoscale DNA cages that could eventually be used to deliver drugs to target tissues.

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Fixing Fly Forgetfulness

By | September 3, 2013

Polyamines help fruit flies retain memories as they age.

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Blue Whales Get Tans

By | September 2, 2013

The large mammals alter the levels of melanin in their skin depending on sun exposure, helping them to avoid DNA damage.

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Mea Culpa Retractions

By | August 30, 2013

Researchers earn applause after recalling two papers containing misinterpreted findings.

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Week in Review: August 26–30

By | August 30, 2013

New model for neurodevelopment; more biotechs going public; how a virus jumped from mammals to birds; statin side effect linked to genetic variant

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Gut Microbe Diversity, Weight Linked

By | August 29, 2013

A genetic mapping study of intestinal bacteria shows that people with fewer and less diverse bacteria are at greater risk of obesity and associated diseases.

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NFL Settles Concussion Case

By | August 29, 2013

The National Football League will pay a total of $765 million to help cover the medical expenses of more than 4,500 former players and to fund research on head injuries.

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