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Book Excerpt from Future Science: Essays From the Cutting Edge

By Darlene Francis and Daniela Kaufer | October 1, 2011

In an essay entitled "Nurture, Nature, and the Stress That is Life," neurobiologists Darlene Francis and Daniela Kaufer envision a future where science moves past the nature vs. nurture debate in considering differences in human behavioral responses to stress.

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Data Deluge

By Megan Scudellari | October 1, 2011

Large-scale data collection and analysis have fundamentally altered the process and mind-set of biological research.

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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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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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Beetles Stay True to Their Colors

By Cristina Luiggi | September 30, 2011

Fifteen to 47-million-year-old fossil beetles have retained their structural colors almost intact.

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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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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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