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National plan save bats

By Cristina Luiggi | May 19, 2011

In light of the looming threat of extinction of North American bat populations brought on by the lethal and rapidly spreading disease known as white nose syndrome, the US Fish and Wildlife Service unveiled this week a national plan for coordinating efforts for combatting the disease at the loca, state, and federal level.

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Lessons from the marine census

By Cristina Luiggi | May 19, 2011

Now that the ten-year effort to take stock of the diversity of life in the oceans came to a triumphant end late last year, researchers involved in the Census for Marine Life are reflecting on the project's shortcomings.

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Pathogens linked to Parkinson's

By Cristina Luiggi | May 19, 2011

Although pathogens have long been suspected to play a role in the neurodegeneration of Parkinson's and related diseases (see our December 2010 feature), very little is understood about the mechanics of the process. 

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Early freshwater life

By Cristina Luiggi | May 19, 2011

Tiny fossil tracks embedded in a California rock formation that was once part of an ancient river may be evidence that freshwater ecosystems arose around 100 million years earlier than what is generally believed.

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Tibetan medical paintings

By Cristina Luiggi | May 15, 2011

Seventeenth-century Tibet witnessed a blossoming of medical knowledge, with the construction of a monastic medical college and the penning of several influential medical texts. Perhaps most striking was a set of 79 paintings, known as tangkas, which

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Gays have higher cancer risk?

By Jef Akst | May 14, 2011

Gay men are nearly twice as likely to report that they've had cancer as heterosexual men, according to a US health survey published in Cancer.

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Lung stem cells -- for real?

By Jef Akst | May 14, 2011

There's good, stem cell-related news for another organ this week -- the lung. Researchers say they have found lung stem cells, which may hold therapeutic value for repairing damaged respiratory tissue, according to a study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

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Stem cells may mend liver damage

By Jef Akst | May 14, 2011

Researchers have found a way to reprogram cells from mouse tails to behave like mature liver cells, which appear to be able to repair damaged livers.

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Engineered proteins for fighting flu

By Cristina Luiggi | May 14, 2011

In a feat of computational biology, researchers design novel proteins capable of neutralizing a key influenza protein.

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Billion dollar babies of the human genome

By Jef Akst | May 14, 2011

The Human Genome Project has generated nearly $800 billion in economic output and hundreds of thousands of jobs in genomics and related industries.

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