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DNA Study Offers Golden Chance to Aid Eagles
DNA Study Offers Golden Chance to Aid Eagles
News   Sep 04, 2018

Scientists have decoded the entire genetic make-up of the golden eagle in a bid to boost conservation efforts. The findings are expected to shed light on how the birds’ DNA allows them to survive in different habitats

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Solving a 30-Year Wheat Rust Puzzle
Solving a 30-Year Wheat Rust Puzzle
News   Sep 04, 2018

An international group of scientists co-led by the University of Sydney has isolated the first major resistance genes against stripe rust, which threatens to devastate whole crops of the staple food

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A Telephone for Your Microbiome
A Telephone for Your Microbiome
News   Sep 03, 2018

Scientists are a step closer to developing a synthetic microbiome which could be used to study microbial interactions.

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CRISPR Halts Dog Muscular Dystrophy
CRISPR Halts Dog Muscular Dystrophy
News   Aug 31, 2018

Scientists for the first time have used CRISPR gene editing to halt the progression of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in a large mammal, according to a study by UT Southwestern that provides a strong indication that a lifesaving treatment may be in the pipeline.

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Breast Cancer Controlled By Genetic Master Switch
Breast Cancer Controlled By Genetic Master Switch
News   Aug 31, 2018

A team at the Salk Institute has identified a master switch that appears to control the dynamic behavior of tumor cells that makes some aggressive cancers so difficult to treat.

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What Makes the Smartest Chicken?
What Makes the Smartest Chicken?
News   Aug 31, 2018

Both genetic and environmental factors explain cognitive traits, shows a new study carried out on red junglefowl. Researchers have shown that the ability of fowl to cope with difficult learning tasks is heritable, while their optimism can be explained by environmental factors.

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Model Can More Naturally Detect Depression in Conversations
Model Can More Naturally Detect Depression in Conversations
News   Aug 31, 2018

To diagnose depression, clinicians interview patients, asking specific questions — about, say, past mental illnesses, lifestyle, and mood — and identify the condition based on the patient’s responses. n a paper being presented at the Interspeech conference, MIT researchers detail a neural-network model that can be unleashed on raw text and audio data from interviews to discover speech patterns indicative of depression.

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Have We Overestimated How Many Coding Genes We Have?
Have We Overestimated How Many Coding Genes We Have?
News   Aug 31, 2018

A new study led by the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) suggests we have overestimated the number of coding genes in our genome by up to that up to 20%.

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Sperm Production Study Lays Groundwork for Solving Male Infertility
Sperm Production Study Lays Groundwork for Solving Male Infertility
News   Aug 31, 2018

Researchers have created the most complete catalog of cells in the male gonads. The aim: to create sperm in a dish.

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Rainforest Life Helps Diversify Kids' Gut Microbes
Rainforest Life Helps Diversify Kids' Gut Microbes
News   Aug 30, 2018

Can immersing yourself in a South American jungle and the high-fiber, unprocessed diet of its villagers make your gut microbes more diverse and treat related health problems? That was the question asked by researchers who followed seven city-dwelling adults and children who lived in a remote Venezuelan jungle village for 16 days.


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