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New Species Galore

By Jef Akst | December 27, 2014

A look back at the latest microbes, plants, and animals to have secured a spot in science’s known tree of life in 2014

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Science Setbacks: 2014

By Molly Sharlach | December 25, 2014

This year in life science was marked by paltry federal funding increases, revelations of sequence contamination, and onerous regulations.


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STAP Author Can’t Replicate Results

By Kerry Grens | December 22, 2014

RIKEN’s Haruko Obokata fails to replicate stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency.


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Repurposed Retroviruses

By Ruth Williams | December 18, 2014

B cells have commandeered ancient viral sequences in the genome to transmit antigen signals.


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Reprogramming Redux

By Anna Azvolinsky | December 18, 2014

Can mechanical forces alone be manipulated to create stem-like cells?

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Bird Genomes Abound

By Ruth Williams | December 11, 2014

Scientists complete the largest-ever comparative genomic study of birds.

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New Stem Cell State

By Anna Azvolinsky | December 10, 2014

Through cellular reprogramming, researchers have produced a novel pluripotent mouse stem cell in vitro.


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Genome Digest

By Tracy Vence | December 5, 2014

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes


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Royal Remains Confirmed

By Molly Sharlach | December 3, 2014

Bones unearthed in 2012 are likely those of King Richard III, a new DNA analysis shows.


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Enzyme Design

By Jef Akst | December 3, 2014

Researchers create synthetic enzymes in the lab, encoded by artificial genetic material.

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