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Urban Owl-Fitters

By Jef Akst | December 1, 2015

How birds with an innate propensity for living among humans are establishing populations in cities

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Ebola’s Effects on the Eye

By Tracy Vence | November 30, 2015

A second doctor shows symptoms of ocular disease after recovering from Ebola infection.

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Pumpkins Saved By People?

By Jef Akst | November 25, 2015

Domestication may have saved pumpkins, gourds, and squash as seed dispersers like the mastodon went extinct. 

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Farming Sped Eurasian Evolution

By Bob Grant | November 24, 2015

New clues from ancient DNA reveal the remarkable effect of agriculture on adaptation in Stone Age humans who lived across Europe.

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Genome Digest

By Karen Zusi | November 19, 2015

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

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Birth of the Skin Microbiome

By Anna Azvolinsky | November 17, 2015

The immune system tolerates the colonization of commensal bacteria on the skin with the aid of regulatory T cells during the first few weeks of life, a mouse study shows.

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Rethinking the Rise of Mammals

By Bobby Bascomb | November 16, 2015

Mammals diversified 30 million years later than previously estimated, according to a new analysis of an ancient fossil.

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Microbes Play Role in Anti-Tumor Response

By Anna Azvolinsky | November 5, 2015

Gut microbiome composition can influence the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapy in mice.

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Ebola’s Immune Escape

By Ashley P. Taylor | November 3, 2015

The virus can persist in several tissues where the immune system is less active. Researchers are working to better understand this phenomenon and how it can stall the clearing of Ebola in survivors.

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A Tiny Missing Link?

By Bob Grant | November 2, 2015

The common ancestor of all apes, including great apes and humans, may have been not-so-great in stature.

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