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Poecilia formosa, an all-female fish species, has a surprisingly robust genome. 

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The test uses levels of plasma amyloid-β to estimate the buildup of protein plaques in the brain.

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Researchers Catalog Earth’s Microbiome

By Katarina Zimmer | February 1, 2018

The new database includes data from 27,000 samples collected at sites ranging from Alaskan permafrost to the ocean floor.

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Puerto Rico’s Cayo Santiago has hosted decades of research in cognition, primatology, immunization, and other areas.

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How Viruses Attack Plants

By Claire Asher | February 1, 2018

Viruses are incapable of reproducing without the help of a host, whose cells copy their genetic material and fabricate the building blocks of new virus particles.

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Researchers Learn from Plant Viruses to Protect Crops

By Claire Asher | February 1, 2018

Plants are locked in an ancient arms race with hostile viruses, but genome editing is giving crops the upper hand.

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The findings more than double the number of known defense mechanisms, piquing the interests of molecular biology tool developers.

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CRISPR Trial for Cancer Patients Proposed

By Katarina Zimmer | January 19, 2018

US researchers could become the first outside China to use the gene-editing technique in the clinic. 

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image: California’s Owls Being Exposed to Rat Poison

California’s Owls Being Exposed to Rat Poison

By Catherine Offord | January 15, 2018

Researchers suspect the source of the toxins may be some of the state’s 50,000 or so marijuana farms.

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The discovery reveals the role of a growth factor and endothelial cells in thymus repair, and could have implications for chemotherapy and radiation patients’ recovery following treatment.

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