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 “Nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region as a universal barcode marker for Fungi,” by Conrad L. Schoch, et al., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United...

In Five Disorders, Genetic Markers Belie DSM-5 Distinctions
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The new, fifth, edition of the psychiatric bible formally known as Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, henceforth DSM-5, went on sale on 22 May 2013, but even...

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According to a recent analysis of Thomson Reuters Web of Science, the 2011 report “Recombinant origin of the retrovirus XMRV,” has been identified as a Fast Breaking Paper in Microbiology.

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Time was, in the late 1990s, when you could barely move in the Biology Top Ten without tripping over papers about apoptosis. That’s the mechanism whereby cells die (or commit suicide) in a tidy,...

REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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There’s nothing quite like a deadly disease to excite the science writer. The news, just weeks ago as I write this, that the Ebola virus is now “airborne”—meaning it no longer needs close contact...

Research Fronts 2013
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When scientists cite each other's work, they—sometimes unknowingly—link related or identical topics within their scientific research. These "invisible colleges" identify emerging trends and...

Gene Therapy Restores Eyesight
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Gene therapy—fix a genetic disease by giving the patient a working copy of the relevant gene—is in the news. Researchers in Oxford, UK and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, recently announced that...

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The data below were extracted from Thomson Reuters Essential Science IndicatorsSM database. This database, currently covering the period January 1997 to October 2007, surveys...

Passive dilution of 5hmC during preimplantation development.
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It is (reasonably) common knowledge that DNA is written in a simple four-letter code: ACTG. Too simple, actually. A fifth base—5-methylcytosine 5mC—plays a crucial role in determining which bits...

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Once again, ScienceWatch takes its annual look back at the hottest of recent research. Listed in the adjoining table are the researchers who, according to citations tracked during 2011,...

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