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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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Measuring DNA with a Smartphone

By Jef Akst | December 23, 2014

A new microscope attachment can allow smartphone users to take a closer look at fluorescently labeled DNA.

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Bats Make a Comeback

By Molly Sharlach | December 22, 2014

Citizen-scientist data obtained through the U.K.’s National Bat Monitoring Programme show that populations of 10 bat species have stabilized or are growing.

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Imagining a “World Without Microbes”

By Tracy Vence | December 18, 2014

Eradication of microbial disease likely accompanied by poor quality of life for remaining species

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Microbes Could Help Solve Sex Crimes

By Kerry Grens | December 17, 2014

Microbial species found in pubic hair samples could help track down criminals.

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“Father of Modern Hematology” Dies

By Molly Sharlach | December 17, 2014

Australian researcher Donald Metcalf, whose discoveries transformed cancer treatment, has passed away at age 85.

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NIH Study Canceled

By Jef Akst | December 15, 2014

The National Institutes of Health shutters its initiative to track the health of 100,000 children through adulthood.

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Gene Jumped to All Three Domains of Life

By Kerry Grens | December 1, 2014

By horizontal gene transfer, an antibacterial gene family has dispersed to a plant, an insect, several fungi, and an archaeon.

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Along Came a Spider

By Jef Akst | December 1, 2014

Researchers are turning to venom peptides to protect crops from their most devastating pests.

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Microflora for Hire

By Molly Sharlach | December 1, 2014

The guts of cows and termites harbor microbes that are renowned complex-carbohydrate digesters, but the human gastrointestinal tract has flora that just might measure up.

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