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Research into the biological basis of gender identity is in its infancy, but clues are beginning to emerge.

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Eat Yourself to Live: Autophagy’s Role in Health and Disease

By Vikramjit Lahiri and Daniel J. Klionsky | March 1, 2018

New details of the molecular process by which our cells consume themselves point to therapeutic potential.

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One dose of the medication, called Xofluza, cripples influenza by interfering with an enzyme critical for viral replication.  

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Infants whose moms received the shots when they were pregnant were no more at risk of dying or being hospitalized than other babies. 

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CDC: Flu Vaccine 36 Percent Effective So Far

By Catherine Offord | February 16, 2018

The vaccine shows better-than-expected effectiveness against the most common and most virulent strain of influenza in children under 9 years old.

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First Human Case of H7N4 Bird Flu Confirmed

By Shawna Williams | February 15, 2018

The woman, a resident of southeast China, has since recovered.

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image: Primitive Human Eggs Grown to Full Maturity in the Lab

Primitive Human Eggs Grown to Full Maturity in the Lab

By Ashley Yeager | February 9, 2018

The technique could combat infertility, but it's still not clear whether these eggs are normal and functional.

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Pectin fragments may signal plant cells to maintain a type of growth suited to darkness.

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image: Flu Forecasters Predict This Year’s Season to Peak Early

Flu Forecasters Predict This Year’s Season to Peak Early

By Christina Reed | January 23, 2018

Influenza cases normally top out in February. This year brought an early start and an early peak, but how long flu season will remain is uncertain. 

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Image of the Day: See You Later!

By The Scientist Staff | January 8, 2018

Developmental biologists take a close look at how alligator embryos grow. 

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