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RNA Protects “Naked” Genomes from Retrotransposons

By | June 30, 2017

Transfer RNA fragments prevent jumping genes from hopping around in the mouse embryo, when histone methylation can’t do the job.

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The cell-surface receptor, SIRP-alpha, initiates the innate immune response in hosts.  

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The International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium aims to characterize the entire mouse genome, starting first with more than 3,300 genes. 

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Senators Bemoan Science Funding Cuts

By | June 23, 2017

At appropriations subcommittee hearings, President Trump’s budget proposal gets dissed by Republicans and Democrats.

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By spreading a poison and hoarding the remedy, wtf4 improves its chances of being inherited. 

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Genomic analysis of an oak tree that lived during Napoleon’s time supports the idea that plants somehow avoid the accumulation of mutations in their stem cells.

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image: Mutation Linked to Longer Life Span in Men

Mutation Linked to Longer Life Span in Men

By | June 19, 2017

A deletion in a growth hormone receptor gene is tied to an average of 10 extra years of life among men, but not women, according to a study.

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image: Proposed NIH Grant Cap Criticized

Proposed NIH Grant Cap Criticized

By | June 8, 2017

Update: The agency announced it will ditch the proposal, and set up a fund for early- to mid-career scientists instead.

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Age-Related Bias in NIH Awards

By | June 6, 2017

The number of young investigators with NIH grants has declined since 1982, but recent efforts by the agency to increase funding for early-stage investigators are working, a study finds.

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The publicly available database found nearly a third of samples included mutations targeted by either approved drugs or therapies in clinical trials. 

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