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Art’s Diagnosticians

By Abby Olena | June 12, 2017

Physicians peer into the subjects of artistic masterpieces, and find new perspective on their own approach to diagnosing maladies.


Scientists provide evidence that blood-flow patterns in six-month-old babies’ brains can accurately predict cognitive and behavioral markers of autism spectrum disorder two years later.  

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The new fossils push the origin of the human species back by 100,000 years.


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Mammals May Have a 12-Hour Clock

By Ashley Yeager | June 6, 2017

Data point to peaks in gene expression in the morning and evening that are distinct from day-night circadian cycles.


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Book Excerpt from Behave

By Robert Sapolsky | June 1, 2017

In the book’s introduction, author and neuroendocrinologist Robert Sapolsky explains his fascination with the biology of violence and other dark parts of human behavior.


The human brain’s insular cortex is adept at registering distaste for everything from rotten fruit to unfamiliar cultures.

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Mammalian Jaws Evolved to Chew Sideways

By Catherine Offord | June 1, 2017

Parallel evolution in jaws and teeth helped early mammals diversify their diets.

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Researchers Discover Salt-Loving Methanogens

By Abby Olena | May 26, 2017

Two previously overlooked archaeal strains fill an evolutionary gap for microbes.


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Male Fish Borrows Egg to Clone Itself

By Ruth Williams | May 24, 2017

A fish created by spontaneous androgenesis is the first known vertebrate to arise naturally by this asexual reproductive phenomenon. 


Harvesting lab-raised zebrafish based on their size led to differences in the activity of more than 4,000 genes, as well as changes in allele frequencies of those genes, in the fish that remained.


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