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The Genetic Components of Rare Diseases

By Kelly Rae Chi | July 1, 2016

Techniques for determining which genes or genetic variants are truly detrimental

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Immune Cell–Stem Cell Cooperation

By Waleed Rahmani, Sarthak Sinha, and Jeff Biernaskie | July 1, 2016

Understanding interactions between the immune system and stem cells could pave the way for successful stem cell–based regenerative therapies.

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Immune Cells' Roles in Tissue Maintenance and Repair

By Waleed Rahmani, Sarthak Sinha, and Jeff Biernaskie | July 1, 2016

The cells of the mammalian immune system do more than just fight off pathogens; they are also important players in stem cell function and are thus crucial for maintaining homeostasis and recovering from injury.

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Exercise-Induced Muscle Factor Promotes Memory

By Ruth Williams | June 23, 2016

Running releases an enzyme that is associated with memory function in mice and humans.  

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Transmissible Cancers Plague Mollusks

By Anna Azvolinsky | June 22, 2016

Researchers identify three new examples of infectious cancers affecting these invertebrates.

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Ancient DNA research suggests that there were two independent agricultural revolutions more than 10,000 years ago.

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Creating a DNA Record with CRISPR

By Ruth Williams | June 9, 2016

Researchers repurpose a bacterial immune system to be a molecular recording device.

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Dog Domestication History Clarified

By Bob Grant | June 3, 2016

A study suggests that wolves were transformed into man’s best friend more than once, in Asia and in Europe or the Near East.

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“Human Genome Project-Write” Unveiled

By Jef Akst | June 2, 2016

A proposal to synthesize entire genomes—the subject of a controversial, invitation-only meeting at Harvard last month—is formally presented in Science.

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Building Gene Networks

By Richard A. Muscat | June 1, 2016

Synthetic biologists use natural genetic motifs to construct novel circuits.

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