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Early Hominin Hearing

By Karen Zusi | September 29, 2015

Based on the structure of fossilized skulls and ear bones, researchers learn that early hominins heard sounds best between the frequencies that humans and chimpanzees do.

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Dengue’s Downfall?

By Jef Akst | September 15, 2015

Researchers characterize a protein that could be key to the virus’s virulence—and to developing a vaccine against the mosquito-borne disease.

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Behind the H. naledi Find

By The Scientist Staff | September 10, 2015

See scientists at work near the site where a new Homo species was recently found.

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New Homo Species Found

By Bobby Bascomb | September 10, 2015

Researchers describe H. naledi, an ancient human ancestor of unknown age that may have buried its dead.

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Immune Cells Can Deliver Deadly Packages

By Amanda B. Keener | September 8, 2015

Much of the CD4+ T-cell death that occurs during HIV infection may be caused by direct delivery of the virus from neighboring cells, a study shows.

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Body, Heal Thyself

By Jason Liebowitz | September 1, 2015

Reviving a decades-old hypothesis of autoimmunity

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Genomic Elements Reveal Human Diversity

By Anna Azvolinsky | August 6, 2015

Duplication of copy number variants may be the source of greatest diversity among people, researchers find.

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Rethinking Lymphatic Development

By Amanda B. Keener | August 1, 2015

Four studies identify alternative origins for cells of the developing lymphatic system, challenging the long-standing view that they all come from veins.

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The Human Touch

By Kate Yandell | August 1, 2015

Can mice with humanlike tissues better model drug effects in people?

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The Spleen Collectors

By Amanda B. Keener | August 1, 2015

Donated organs are helping researchers map out the immune system in humans.

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