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Lone Passenger Pigeon Escapes Pie Pan, Lands In Smithsonian

Passenger pigeons used to be the most abundant bird in North America. But hunters drove them to extinction, and by 1914, only one was left. A century later, that pigeon, named Martha, is on exhibit.
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As Pig Virus Spreads, The Price Of Pork Continues To Rise

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has killed more than 7 million piglets in the past year. There's no cure, but a vaccine that may protect piglets has been approved even though it's still being tested.
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A CRISPR Way To Fix Faulty Genes

This technique for manipulating genes borrows a strategy from the way bacteria fight viruses. It's still experimental, but the possibilities excite medical researchers hoping to tailor treatments.
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A Shocking Fish Tale Surprises Evolutionary Biologists

Unrelated lineages of electric fish all use the same small set of genes to create their voltage, a genetic search shows. Maybe the same genes could one day power pacemakers, bioengineers suggest.
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What Not To Serve Buzzards For Lunch, A Glorious Science Experiment

This bird likes livers, kidneys, entrails — anything it can pluck that's freshly dead. But what if you served it ... a painting?
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Two Glorious Science Experiments: One About Sex, The Other About Lunch

In the 1760s, an Italian scientist ran a sex experiment that required putting teeny trousers on some ardent male frogs. Hot guys in pants, it turns out, aren't so hot.
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New York Bill Would Ban Selfies With Tigers

Dating sites are filled with pictures of single men showing off their adventurous yet tender sides by cuddling with the big cats. Anyone caught posing next to a tiger would be fined up to $500.
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Spineless, And Now Homeless: National Zoo Closes Animal Exhibit

Invertebrates make up about 99 percent of all species. But they're no longer being featured at the National Zoo after the exhibit was shuttered due to budget issues.
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Summer Has Arrived And So Have The Great Whites

A new report finds a big jump in the number of great white sharks off the East Coast — up to 5,000 of them.
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National Zoo To Unveil Three New Asian Elephants This Week

The National Zoo is adding three new Asian elephants to its herd, and they will make their public debut this week.

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