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Tracing Zika’s Spread Through Genetics
Tracing Zika’s Spread Through Genetics

DNA sequencing reveals that the virus responsible for the recent outbreak in the Americas originated in Brazil in 2014 and circulated undetected for months before the first cases were reported.

WHO Elects New Leader
WHO Elects New Leader

Breaking norms, the World Health Organization chooses Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a non-MD from Africa, as its new director-general.  

Smarty Genes
Smarty Genes

Scientists have identified 40 new genes linked to human intelligence.

Life Science Funding Cuts Leaked
Life Science Funding Cuts Leaked

According to a document posted online less than a day before the release of the official 2018 budget proposal, the National Institutes of Health could face even deeper cuts than previously suggested by the Trump administration.

A Triple Threat
A Triple Threat

The mosquitoes that carry Zika may be able to transmit two other viruses at the same time.

Study: Fishing Induces Gene Expression Changes
Study: Fishing Induces Gene Expression Changes

Harvesting lab-raised zebrafish based on their size led to differences in the activity of more than 4,000 genes, as well as changes in allele frequencies of those genes, in the fish that remained.