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A bee resting on a flower.

What Came First: The Venom or the Stinger?

Bees, wasps and ants belong to the Hymenoptera order and inject a whole cocktail of venomous ingredients when they sting. Despite their tremendous ecological and economic importance, little was previously known about the origins of their venom.
A researcher in overalls and a helmet extracts bacteria from the rocks in a goldmine.

Researchers Map the Microbes Living Deep Beneath the Earth’s Surface

Researchers have characterized nearly 600 microbial genomes, some of which are new to science, from a former goldmine.
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New Bacterial Identification Method Could Help Reduce Use of Antibiotics

Researchers have developed a method that identifies bacteria easily, cheaply and more precisely than before. This can help reduce use of antibiotics.
A silver-gray strand of DNA.

Efficacy and Efficiency of CRISPR Diagnostic Technology Improved

By leveraging a unique, competitive reaction between two different crRNAs, researchers simplify CRISPR technology, making it a more effective tool for sensitive nucleic acid detection.
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Compact DNA Sequencers Monitor Malaria Drug Resistance in Near Real-Time

Scientists have developed a technique to rapidly and reliably detect genetic changes in malaria parasites in Ghana, using just a gaming laptop and portable sequencer.
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Why Do Some Infants Prefer To Look At Faces But Others Prefer Non-Social Objects?

Whether infants at five months of age look mostly at faces or non-social objects such as cars or mobile phones is largely determined by genes. This has now been demonstrated by researchers at Uppsala University and Karolinska Institutet.
Double helix structure of DNA.

CRISPR "Cancer-Shredding" Technique Destroys Deadly Brain Cancer Cells

Gladstone Institutes researchers leveraged CRISPR to target and rapidly destroy glioblastoma cells in an approach that could carry over to other highly mutated cancers.
Water balloons.

Quinoa's "Bladder Cells" Repel Pests, to the Surprise of Researchers

Quinoa and many other extremely resilient plants are covered with strange balloon-like 'bladders' that for 127 years were believed to be responsible for protecting them from drought and salt. Research results reveal this not to be the case.
Protein structures.

Plant Proteins Resemble Human Immune Signaling Proteins

There are plant proteins that are very similar to the human MIF protein in the sequence of their individual building blocks (amino acids) and these are referred to as MDL proteins.
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Obesity Study Identifies People Who Remain a Healthy Weight Through Life

A study has taken a novel approach to understanding why some individuals are more susceptible to weight gain, regardless of their genetic predisposition to obesity.