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Behind The Scenes At The Lab That Fingerprints Microbiomes

Inside the lab, a lone technician sorts through new samples, snipping off swab heads intentionally fouled with fecal material. One head goes to cold storage and the other is processed for sequencing.
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Abuse Of Synthetic Drugs Declines Across U.S.

Use of synthetic drugs, like bath salts, by young people continues to decline across the nation, according to a study by the University of Michigan.
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Methane Bursts On Mars Could Hint At Previous Life

Scientists have seen mysterious bursts of methane in the Martian atmosphere, and they can't rule out the possibility that the methane was made by something that was once alive on Mars.
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Scientists Debate If It's OK To Make Viruses More Dangerous In The Lab

Researchers are struggling with how to balance the benefits and risks of genetic experiments that can give viruses new talents for causing infections.
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Scientists Report Headway In Hunt For Dengue Vaccine

Dengue sickens millions of people each year, and there's no cure. Now scientists have found powerful antibodies that stop the virus. Their discovery offers a road map to develop a simple vaccine.
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To Get To The Bottom Of Your Microbiome, Start With A Swab Of Poo

To find helpful patterns in personal microbe populations, scientists also need to gather a long list of information about the people who serve as homes for the microscopic critters.
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Why Some Scientific Collaborations Are More Beneficial Than Others

It turns out that when scientists collaborate internationally, they are more like to have an impact on science than purely domestic collaborations.
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Nations Agree To Deal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

In Lima, Peru, almost all of the world's governments agreed on a document meant to galvanize efforts to curb climate change. While the outcome was modest, it did establish some important principles.
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Congress To Nutritionists: Don't Talk About The Environment

Should dietary guidelines consider the environmental effects of our food choices? The government-appointed Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee thinks they should. Congress, however, says no.
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To Stop Teen Drinking Parties, Fine The Parents

For some teenagers, parties with alcohol are almost a rite of passage. Surveys show the vast majority of parents in these homes know the alcohol is flowing. Cities are now cracking down on the adults.

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