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Ancient Humans Had Hepatitis B

By Abby Olena | May 9, 2018

Analyses of more than 300 ancient human genomes show that Hepatitis B virus has infected humans for at least 4,500 years and has much older origins than modern viral genomes would suggest.

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The microbiologist was known for his work on bacterial antibiotic resistance and infectious disease.

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Image of the Day: Bacterial Flagella

By The Scientist Staff | May 8, 2018

Real-time imaging reveals the formation of the bacterial flagella FlhA ring.

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Opinion: How We Found a New Way to Detect “Hidden Sharks”

By Stefano Mariani and Judith Bakker | May 7, 2018

Given the speed and efficiency of environmental (eDNA) sampling, a much larger portion of the sea can be screened, in a shorter time, for patterns of diversity.

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A study finds two species of guenon monkeys in Tanzania have been mating and producing fertile offspring for generations.

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Genetic Adaptation to Cold Brought Migraines With It

By Viviane Callier | May 3, 2018

Humans living in higher latitudes tend to have a variant of a gene involved in sensing cold temperatures, but it comes with a cost.  

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Image of the Day: A-maize-ing!

By The Scientist Staff | May 3, 2018

By combining alleles involved in plant height, an agricultural scientist has grown the world’s tallest cornstalk, breaking his own record set in 2017.

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The agency says it has taken various steps to ensure the privacy of participants’ data. 

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Reprogrammed Cells Treat Diabetes in Mice

By Abby Olena | May 2, 2018

Researchers used a trio of transcription factors to transform pancreatic duct cells in vivo into β-like cells that secrete insulin and improve diabetes symptoms.

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Opinion: Microbial Mind Control—Truth or Scare?

By Katerina Johnson | May 1, 2018

Normal brain function may have evolved to depend on gut microbes and their metabolites.

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