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Why Bats Make Such Good Viral Hosts

By Katarina Zimmer | June 1, 2018

The bat version of the STING protein helps dampen the mammals' immune response to infection, researchers have found.

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An entrepreneurial attitude helped this Vienna-based researcher begin to unravel the complex receptor network that Arabidopsis uses to  develop and defend itself.

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Predicting Future Zoonotic Disease Outbreaks

By Ashley Yeager | June 1, 2018

A step-by-step study of diseases that jump species gives subtle clues about future epidemics.

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Low levels of a biochemical process involved in fat breakdown predicts weight gain and metabolic complications more than a decade later.

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Artificial Nerve Senses Pressure, Moves Cockroach Leg

By Shawna Williams | May 31, 2018

The device could one day help enable prosthetics deliver richer touch information to users.

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Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size

By Abby Olena | May 31, 2018

Three members of a gene family called NOTCH2NL may have been involved in the evolution of humans’ big cortex.

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Genetic adaptations for human brain development also make us vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.  

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Doctors treated the fetus, who has alpha thalassemia major, with cells from her mother’s bone marrow.

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Patent On Autism Genetic Test May Stifle Science

By Jessica Wright | May 30, 2018

LabCorp might be able to charge a licensing fee to any scientists who wish to sequence the gene HOMER1 in people who may have autism.

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Complications during pregnancy may act via the placenta to magnify the effects of genetic risk factors.

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