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In Chapter 9, "We Were Hunted, Which is Why All of Us are Afraid Some of the Time and Some of Us are Afraid All of the Time," author Rob Dunn explains how predators shaped our evolution as we cowered and ran from their ravenous maws.

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One-Man NIH, 1887

By Cristina Luiggi | June 4, 2011

As epidemics swept across the United States in the 19th century, the US government recognized the pressing need for a national lab dedicated to the study of infectious disease. 

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Simultaneity

By Cristina Luiggi | June 4, 2011

Two research teams studying a rare genetic disorder discover independently that it's caused by genes that are crucial to DNA replication.

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Italian scientists on shaky ground

By Cristina Luiggi | June 3, 2011

Italian seismologists are accused of manslaughter after failing to predict an earthquake that killed 309 people near the Italian city of L'Aquila.

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Arsenic-based life debate continues

By Jessica P. Johnson | June 2, 2011

More than a dozen researchers voice their concerns about a 2010 paper that claims bacteria can use arsenic in place of phosphorus in its DNA and other biomolecules, such as proteins.

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Biodegradables not environmentally friendly

By Cristina Luiggi | June 2, 2011

The breakdown of landfill trash by microorganisms may cause significant harm to the environment through the release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, researchers at North Carolina State University claim.

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The Gravity of Life

By Rob Dunn | June 1, 2011

Whose well-being is threatened by our changing relationship with the myriad organisms that shaped the evolution of our species?

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The Last Vaccine Frontier

By Brad Spellberg | June 1, 2011

Successful vaccines have been created to protect against pathogenic bacteria and viruses. Why aren’t there any for combating fungal infections?

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Pick your frog poison

By Jessica P. Johnson | May 31, 2011

Human development may destroy natural habitats, but it could also provide amphibians with a safe haven from deadly fungal infections.

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Drought-tolerant corn trials underwater

By Bob Grant | May 26, 2011

Agribusiness giant Monsanto is finding out that it's difficult to conduct field trials of drought-resistant corn when it won't stop raining. The company hopes to launch a new line of corn seed that's been genetically engineered to thrive in drough conditions by 2013.

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