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Tracing the origins of viruses is difficult because they don’t leave fossils and because of the tricks they use to make copies of themselves within the cells they’ve invaded. Some viruses even have the ability to stitch their own genes into those of the cells they infect,…

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Writing in Nature, a Danish team said they had “silenced” key genetic material in cells called RNA, thought to play an important role in disease.

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Up until very recently, tidal power has been a severely underutilized renewable energy source, but this won
’t be the case much longer with the announcement of the world’s largest tidal power project in South Korea.

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A new computer program has been developed that would further enhance the conservation efforts undertaken for a mammalian species called marmots.

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It is a basic tenet of human biology, taught in grade schools everywhere: Identical twins come from the same fertilized egg and, thus, share identical genetic profiles.

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A study led by Brown University biologist Casey Dunn uses new genomics tools to answer old questions about animal evolution. The study is the most comprehensive animal phylogenomic research project to date, involving 40 million base pairs of new DNA data taken from 29 animal species.

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A team of researchers at the University of Alberta has discovered a gene that is able to block HIV, and in turn prevent the onset of AIDS.

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