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Immune Response Promotes Infection

By Laasya Samhita | February 6, 2014

Salmonella enterica can exploit a standard immune response in mice to promote its own growth.

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Pruning Synapses Improves Brain Connections

By Ed Yong | February 2, 2014

Without microglia to pluck off unwanted synapses in early life, mouse brains develop with weaker connections, leading to altered social behavior.

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More than Sperm Support

By Jef Akst | January 27, 2014

Male mice lacking seminal vesicles father fewer offspring, and their sons suffer from abnormal metabolism into adulthood.

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Week in Review: January 20–24

By Tracy Vence | January 24, 2014

Mistimed sleep disrupts human transcriptome; canine tumor genome; de novo Drosophila genes; UVA light lowers blood pressure; aquatic microfauna fight frog-killing fungus

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New Suspect in Bee Colony Collapse

By Jef Akst | January 21, 2014

A virus that causes blight in plants may contribute the catastrophic decline of honeybee colonies.

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Polymer Protects Mouse Heart

By Jef Akst | January 20, 2014

Injection of microscopic particles of a plastic-like material protects mice from cardiac tissue damage following heart attack.

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Older Trees Grow Faster

By Bob Grant | January 20, 2014

Mature trees soak up more CO2 than younger ones, a study shows, overturning a bit of botanical dogma.

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Fewer Female Snail Penises

By Tracy Vence | January 14, 2014

Researchers are now spotting fewer cases of imposex—in which female sea snails develop male sexual organs—as a result of a chemical ban instituted in 2008.

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Large Carnivores Under Siege

By Bob Grant | January 13, 2014

As populations of top predators decline in ecosystems the world over, researchers chart the widespread effects.

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Toxin Wipes Out Persistent HIV

By Kerry Grens | January 10, 2014

An antibody-toxin combo kills residual HIV hiding out in the organs of mice.

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