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The Pregnancy Puzzle: Genomic analysis reveals the evolutionary origin of the womb

The Pregnancy Puzzle: Genomic analysis reveals the evolutionary origin of the womb

Placental pregnancy is a radical phenotype which arose only once in evolutionary history. Professor Günter Wagner and colleagues have conducted genome-wide analysis on cells from an array of pregnant animals to reveal that ancient transposable elements were the likely vehicles for the origin of this mammalian trait.

To Understand Combustion, Yale Engineers Look to the Skies

To Understand Combustion, Yale Engineers Look to the Skies

Soot formation during combustion is a highly important process, both in terms of safety in space and in terms of pollution back on Earth. A team of Yale engineers has been invited by NASA to perform combustion experiments in space to develop mathematical models of this process.

New Treatment for Malaria: Discovery of a Novel Single-Dose Cure

New Treatment for Malaria: Discovery of a Novel Single-Dose Cure

University of Cape Town Professor Kelly Chibale and colleagues have perfected a novel compound that could kill malaria parasites in a single dose.

Engineers Program Chemical Reactions Using DNA

Engineers Program Chemical Reactions Using DNA

University of Washington engineers have taken the first steps on a potentially groundbreaking path by “programming” chemical reactions reproducibly and specifically using modified DNA.

Reducing Urban HIV Rates: Science, Ethics, and Law

Reducing Urban HIV Rates: Science, Ethics, and Law

Public health professor Kaveh Khoshnood investigates the complexities of syringe exchange programs, which have the potential to drastically decrease HIV infection rates among urban drug users.

Tweezing out the SNARE Complex

Tweezing out the SNARE Complex

A novel single-molecule approach using “optical tweezers” provides new detail into the process of membrane fusion.