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Upping a gene’s expression in rat brains made them better learners and normalized the activity of hundreds of other genes to resemble the brains of younger animals.

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CRISPR to Debut in Clinical Trials

By | December 14, 2017

The first industry-sponsored CRISPR therapy is slated to be tested in humans in 2018.

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The nine plaintiffs allege the university’s actions put women at risk.

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Image of the Day: Where Have All The Pigeons Gone? 

By | December 8, 2017

A new study sheds light on how the most abundant bird in North America went extinct. 

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Putative Gay Genes Identified, Questioned

By | December 7, 2017

A genomic interrogation of homosexuality turns up speculative links between genetic elements and sexual orientation, but researchers say the study is too small to be significant. 

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Image of the Day: Actin Burst

By | December 6, 2017

Researchers are looking at actin polymerization and calcium uptake in human cells to study mitochondrial division.

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Among this year’s winners are a geneticist who revealed how plants respond to shade and a group of physicists who mapped the universe’s background radiation.

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Book Excerpt from Jane on the Brain

By | December 1, 2017

In chapter 3, “The Sense of Sensibility,” author Wendy Jones uses scenes from one of Jane Austen’s most celebrated novels to illustrate the functioning of the body’s stress response system.

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Captivated by Chromosomes

By | December 1, 2017

Peering through a microscope since age 14, Joseph Gall, now 89, still sees wonder at the other end.

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In Situ Hybridization Explained

By | December 1, 2017

Profilee Joseph Gall of the Carnegie Institute describes the process, which he developed in the 1960s.

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