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Kathy Matthews, <em>Drosophila</em> Geneticist, Dies
Kathy Matthews, Drosophila Geneticist, Dies
Kerry Grens | Mar 20, 2018
For decades, Matthews led two important repositories for fruit fly research: the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center and FlyBase.  
Opinion: No, FDA Didn’t Really Approve 23andMe’s <em>BRCA</em> Test
Opinion: No, FDA Didn’t Really Approve 23andMe’s BRCA Test
Cecile Janssens | Mar 19, 2018
Rather, the breast cancer mutation screen was classified as a type of medical device with obligations for the company to reduce risks to customers.
Louise Slaughter, Scientist and Congresswoman, Dies
Louise Slaughter, Scientist and Congresswoman, Dies
Kerry Grens | Mar 19, 2018
Trained in microbiology, Slaughter championed science, women’s health, and consumer protections as a member of the US House of Representatives.
Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics
Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics
Ruth Williams | Mar 15, 2018
A device dubbed the “mother machine” enables real-time observation of mutagenesis in single bacterial cells.  
Number-Selective Neurons Found in Untrained Crows’ Brains
Number-Selective Neurons Found in Untrained Crows’ Brains
Diana Kwon | Mar 15, 2018
The finding suggests corvids may have an innate sense of number.
New Genetic Stroke-Risk Factors Identified
New Genetic Stroke-Risk Factors Identified
Catherine Offord | Mar 13, 2018
Analysis of DNA samples from more than 520,000 people brings the number of known stroke-risk loci to 32. 
Serotonin Involved in a Slug Host’s Response to a Parasite
Serotonin Involved in a Slug Host’s Response to a Parasite
Yao-Hua Law | Mar 12, 2018
Host slugs given Prozac to increase their serotonin levels no longer avoid parasitic nematodes, the same behavior seen in infected slugs.
John Sulston, Human Genome Project Leader, Dies
John Sulston, Human Genome Project Leader, Dies
Kerry Grens | Mar 12, 2018
The biologist earned a Nobel Prize in 2002 for his work on C. elegans.
Prominent Neuroscientist Fired by Columbia, HHMI
Prominent Neuroscientist Fired by Columbia, HHMI
Shawna Williams | Mar 8, 2018
The specific reason for Thomas Jessell’s dismissal has not been disclosed.
Fly’s Blood-Brain Barrier Has Circadian Rhythms
Fly’s Blood-Brain Barrier Has Circadian Rhythms
Abby Olena | Mar 8, 2018
In Drosophila, the tissue is more permeable to drugs at night, offering a possible explanation for why some medicines work better at certain times of day.