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What we can know about biology before the last universal common ancestor is limited—and we should be circumspect in filling in the gaps.

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image: Prominent Salk Institute Scientist Inder Verma Resigns

Prominent Salk Institute Scientist Inder Verma Resigns

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 12, 2018

His decision came as an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him was ongoing.  

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CRISPR Efficiency Tied to Cancer-Causing Process

By Kerry Grens | June 11, 2018

Two studies find the genome-editing technique works best when cells have a faulty DNA-damage response that’s frequently present in cancers.  

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Image of the Day: Hirsute and How

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 11, 2018

A newly described species of shrimp, Odontonia bagginsi, has been named after Bilbo Baggins. 

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Blood Test Predicts Pregnancy Due Date

By Kerry Grens | June 7, 2018

A small study based on circulating RNA in the blood of moms-to-be describes a technique that could be used to help predict who’s most at risk of preterm labor.

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Nobel-Winning Biochemist Paul Boyer Dies

By Shawna Williams | June 7, 2018

The UCLA researcher was lauded for figuring out how ATP synthase works.

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Image of the Day: New Kids on the Block

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 7, 2018

Researchers discover that a layer of human breast tissue is not one but two distinct cell types.  

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A security researcher found the email addresses and encrypted passwords of more than 92 million users of the genealogy site on a private server outside the company.

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Dogs in Southern China Host Several Strains of Flu

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 6, 2018

They may be a prospective source for an influenza pandemic, researchers warn.  

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Almost half of all patents relating to the genes of marine organisms belong to one large international corporation, BASF, a new study reveals.  

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