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Foregone Forensics: A Brief History of Crime Solving

Foregone Forensics: A Brief History of Crime Solving

Early forensic science was based on guesswork and rudimentary identification techniques. Since the 1984 invention of DNA fingerprinting, analysts have been able to determine guilt with ever-increasing certainty.

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Cracking the Code for Multisite Synthetic Amino Acid Incorporation

Cracking the Code for Multisite Synthetic Amino Acid Incorporation

A recent study published in Nature Biotechnology by a Yale University team revealed an efficient way for building new classes of biomaterials containing nonstandard amino acids.

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Biden’s “Moonshot” Initiative: Launching a new effort to combat cancer

Biden’s “Moonshot” Initiative: Launching a new effort to combat cancer

AACR directors Patricia LoRusso of the Yale School of Medicine, George D. Demetri of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Victor Velculescu of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center are working to implement a “moonshot” for cancer initiative to produce innovative breakthroughs.

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Revealing the Human Catalogue: Eight-year effort to catalogue human genetic variation comes to an end

Revealing the Human Catalogue: Eight-year effort to catalogue human genetic variation comes to an end

Does genetic mutation inevitably cause disease? After eight years of research, the 1000 Genomes Project has found that healthy humans show much more variation than previously thought.

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Tiny Proteins with Big Functions

Tiny Proteins with Big Functions

Contrary to common scientific belief, proteins need not be large to have powerful biological functions.

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Book Review: How to Clone a Mammoth

Book Review: How to Clone a Mammoth

Science fiction novels, TV shows, and movies have time and time again toyed with the cloning of ancient animals. But just how close are we to bringing those species, and our childhood fantasies, back to life?

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Unraveling the Mysteries of Genetic Evolution: How promoter mutations may factor in

Unraveling the Mysteries of Genetic Evolution: How promoter mutations may factor in

Evolution as we know it is driven by mutations in genes. But researchers at Yale were curious about what surrounds a gene. That is, how does a whole gene network evolve?

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Science or Science Fiction? Uplifting Animals

Science or Science Fiction? Uplifting Animals

Uplifting animals, or endowing animals with near-human intelligence, is a concept that has been explored by science fiction writers and movie producers. But real world scientists are interested, too. New research suggests that genetic and neurological modifications could enhance animals’ intelligence.

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An Ancient Alphabet for the Digital Age: Encoding digital information in DNA

An Ancient Alphabet for the Digital Age: Encoding digital information in DNA

With mechanical failure, physical damage, and format obsolescence threatening devices from CDs to servers, we cannot count on the digital storage media that we use today to last forever. Robert Grass has discovered a more durable way to store digital information: by encoding it in silica-covered molecules of DNA.

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Torsin ATPase Plays Critical Role in Dystonia

Torsin ATPase Plays Critical Role in Dystonia

Christian Schlieker and his research team in the department of molecular biophysics and biochemistry offer new insight into the molecular mechanism underlying DYT1 dystonia.

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