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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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Biodiversity

By Thomas E. Lovejoy | October 1, 2011

Ecosystems are failing and extinction rates are soaring. Thomas E. Lovejoy and Edward O. Wilson weigh in on why cataloging existing species, discovering new ones, and maintaining a balanced and diverse global ecosystem are critical for ensuring a habitable environment for all.

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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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Fish Affected by Trace Oil Pollution

By Sabrina Richards | September 28, 2011

Even highly diluted crude oil can impact fish in the marshes bordering the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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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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Environmental Visionary Dies

By Rachel Nuwer | September 26, 2011

Wangari Maathai, a human rights advocate and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, started a movement to plant more than 30 million trees and generate nearly 1 million jobs.

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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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Five Life-Science MacArthur Winners

By Edyta Zielinska | September 22, 2011

This year’s winners research topics ranging from stem cell regulation to brain damage from football injuries.

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Behavior Brief

By Rachel Nuwer | September 21, 2011

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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