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Authors of a new study suggest that 520-million-year-old structures, previously identified as the brains of ancient arthropods, are instead preserved microbial biofilms.

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Sweet Tooth Gene Tied to Less Body Fat

By Kerry Grens | April 11, 2018

A study of more than 450,000 people finds a certain genetic variant associated with eating more carbs is linked to a thicker waist and higher blood pressure, but less fat.  

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Some Antibiotics Rev Up Host Immune Response to Viruses

By Shawna Williams | April 9, 2018

The antimicrobial drug neomycin protects mice from some viral infections, complicating the picture of the relationship between antibiotics and susceptibility to viruses.

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Image of the Day: Gene Expression

By The Scientist Staff | April 9, 2018

A new algorithm scrutinizes the most hard-to-read segments of the genome.

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Opinion: We Have Been Naive About Naive T Cells

By Theo van den Broek, José A.M. Borghans, and Femke van Wijk | April 6, 2018

Human naive T cells are far more heterogeneous than has long been appreciated, having implications for vaccine strategies.

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image: Ruth Nussenzweig, Malaria Researcher, Dies

Ruth Nussenzweig, Malaria Researcher, Dies

By Jim Daley | April 6, 2018

The microbiologist’s research led to the development of the first human malaria vaccine.

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Robert Baker, Bat Biologist, Dies

By Diana Kwon | April 5, 2018

The Texas Tech University professor also investigated the effects of the Chernobyl disaster on surrounding wildlife.

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A group of around 300 whales produced 184 distinct songs over just a few years, according to a new study.

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Image of the Day: Four Eyes

By The Scientist Staff | April 3, 2018

Ancient monitor lizards had an extra set of “eyes” on top of their heads.

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Image of the Day: Original Fin

By The Scientist Staff | April 2, 2018

Researchers identify the genetics underlying the development of dorsal fins in ancient fish.

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