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Marauding Moths

By Jessica P. Johnson | October 1, 2011

Dried plant specimens reveal the origin of an insect pest that has spread throughout Europe.

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Tinkering With Life

By Jef Akst | October 1, 2011

A decade’s worth of engineering-infused biology

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Kandel on Neuroscience

By Edyta Zielinska | October 1, 2011

Eric Kandel, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his work on signal transduction in the nervous system, chats about the ever-changing field of neuroscience, funding, his students, and what he hopes science will accomplish.

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Synthetic Biology

By J. Craig Venter, George M. Church, and Jef Akst | October 1, 2011

Learn about the field’s first genetic circuits and read forecasts by George M. Church and J. Craig Venter of a future where man-made organisms pump out novel fuels, drugs, and therapies.

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Seven New National Medal Winners

By Bob Grant | September 29, 2011

A handful of life science researchers will take home the United States' top science honor.

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Animal Electricity, circa 1781

By Jessica P. Johnson | September 28, 2011

How an Italian scientist doing Frankenstein-like experiments on dead frogs discovered that the body is powered by electrical impulses.

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More Thoughts on Humanized Animals

By Jef Akst | September 27, 2011

A German ethics council weighs in on the discussion about the use of human-animal chimeras in research.

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Biodiversity, Quick and Dirty

By Bob Grant | September 26, 2011

Researchers find that sampling DNA from the soil can be an effective way to determine how many individuals of a variety of species inhabit a particular area.

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Sexually Confused Dog

By Jef Akst | September 23, 2011

A female bulldog with testicles but no SRY gene considered scientific anomaly.

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Next Generation: Neuronal Monkey Bars

By Kerry Grens | September 23, 2011

Three-dimensional scaffolds for growing and guiding neurons are getting smaller and more tailored in design.

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