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Their $1.5 billion bid, which topped Thermo Fisher Scientific’s $1.3 billion offer for the genetic analysis company, was rejected.

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Origins of Dysentery

By Bob Grant | March 22, 2016

A new genomic analysis reveals that the pathogen responsible for the gastrointestinal disease likely originated in Europe and hitched a ride to new lands with settlers.

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CRISPR Can Tag RNA

By Kerry Grens | March 21, 2016

Modifications to the DNA-slicing program allow for monitoring the movement of messenger RNA.

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Study: Genetic Tests Don’t Change Behavior

By Jef Akst | March 17, 2016

Knowing one’s genetic risk for particular diseases doesn’t encourage behavior modifications, according to a study.

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Brains Before Brawn

By Bob Grant | March 16, 2016

A newly described horse-size relative of Tyrannosaurus rex may help settle the question of how massive carnivorous dinosaurs took shape throughout the eons.

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Clock Reset on Denisovan-Neanderthal Split

By Kerry Grens | March 14, 2016

Nuclear DNA from 430,000-year-old specimens indicates that Neanderthals had already diverged from their ancient-human predecessors.

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Less Chewing, More Doing

By Catherine Offord | March 11, 2016

Food processing in early hominid populations might have played a key role in human evolution by increasing net energy uptake, researchers show.

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CRISPRi-Controlled Gene Expression

By Jef Akst | March 10, 2016

A variation of the gene-editing technique can more precisely and efficiently downregulate the expression of target genes than traditional CRISPR/Cas9.

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More Support for Allergen-Exposure Strategy

By Jef Akst | March 8, 2016

A second study finds evidence that feeding children peanuts could help prevent them from developing allergies to the legume later in life.

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Viral Remnants Help Regulate Human Immunity

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | March 3, 2016

Endogenous retroviruses in the human genome can regulate genes involved in innate immune responses.

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