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Hibernating Rodents Feel Less Cold

By Abby Olena | December 19, 2017

Syrian hamsters and thirteen-lined ground squirrels are tolerant of chilly temperatures, thanks to amino acid changes in a cold-responsive ion channel. 

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Upping a gene’s expression in rat brains made them better learners and normalized the activity of hundreds of other genes to resemble the brains of younger animals.

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2017’s Science News in Review

By Kerry Grens | December 15, 2017

Hurricanes, protests, and lifesaving genetic engineering: our picks for the biggest stories of the year

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CRISPR to Debut in Clinical Trials

By Diana Kwon | December 14, 2017

The first industry-sponsored CRISPR therapy is slated to be tested in humans in 2018.

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Putative Gay Genes Identified, Questioned

By Jef Akst | December 7, 2017

A genomic interrogation of homosexuality turns up speculative links between genetic elements and sexual orientation, but researchers say the study is too small to be significant. 

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Single-cell genome analyses reveal the amount of mutations a human brain cell will collect from its fetal beginnings until death.

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The Biggest DNA Origami Structures Yet

By Abby Olena | December 6, 2017

Three new strategies for using DNA to generate large, self-assembling shapes create everything from a nanoscale teddy bear to a nanoscale Mona Lisa.

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Among this year’s winners are a geneticist who revealed how plants respond to shade and a group of physicists who mapped the universe’s background radiation.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services propose covering the test with Medicare. 

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Book Excerpt from Jane on the Brain

By Wendy Jones | December 1, 2017

In chapter 3, “The Sense of Sensibility,” author Wendy Jones uses scenes from one of Jane Austen’s most celebrated novels to illustrate the functioning of the body’s stress response system.

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