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Unsilencing a Gene

By Tia Ghose | December 21, 2011

Scientists have found a way to reactivate a gene in mice that is silenced in a neurodevelopmental disorder called Angelman syndrome.

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Video Gamers Help Solve Disease

By Jef Akst | December 20, 2011

The collective intelligence of thousands of video game players is helping researchers understand the regulation of more than 500 different disease genes.

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Top Science Scandals of 2011

By Tia Ghose | December 19, 2011

A list of this year's most high-profile retractions and controversies in science

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Nobel Winner’s Contribution Questioned

By Cristina Luiggi | December 19, 2011

A coauthor of the key paper that led to one of this year’s Nobel Prizes for Physiology or Medicine claims the recipient wasn’t involved in the research.

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Neuroscience Not Ready for the Courtroom

By Tia Ghose | December 14, 2011

Certain neuroscience techniques are not robust enough to be used as evidence in a trial, a new report says.

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How Bees Choose Home

By Tia Ghose | December 8, 2011

For honeybees, there’s no place like home. And every year, they must find a new one. Now, a study publishing today (December 8) in Science suggests that the honeybee swarms use inhibitory signals when house-hunting, paralleling the human brain’s decision-making process.

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$400M for Personalized Medicine

By Edyta Zielinska | December 8, 2011

The National Institutes of Health promises about $400 million to help get personalized genetics into the clinic.

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Yawns More Contagious Among Friends

By Jef Akst | December 7, 2011

People who are emotionally connected are more likely to catch the yawns from one another.

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Reversing Cocaine’s Effects with Light

By Ruth Williams | December 7, 2011

Researchers use optogenetics to reverse drug-induced brain and behavioral changes.

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Arsenic Bug's Genome Sequenced

By Bob Grant | December 7, 2011

Researchers have mapped out the DNA of what some scientists claim to be an arsenic loving bacterium.

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