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Scientists Seek Stem Cell Cure For Spinal Cord Injuries

Neuralstem, a Rockville-based biotech company, has just been approved by the FDA to begin implanting stem cells into people with spinal cord injuries.

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If You Think You're Good At Multitasking, You Probably Aren't

Multitaskers tend to test high for traits like risk-taking, sensation-seeking and impulsivity. And those very traits interfere with people's ability to stay focused, researchers say.
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Shall I Encode Thee In DNA? Sonnets Stored On Double Helix

The world is full of data — and that's a problem. We have to find a place to store all those digital photos, tax records and unfinished novels. British scientists have demonstrated a possible solution: They've stored all of Shakespeare's sonnets on several small stretches of DNA.
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Scientists Put An End To Moratorium On Bird Flu Research

After researchers created versions of the bird flu virus that could spread more easily, critics began to worry that the work could spawn a pandemic if a virus escaped from the lab. After halting their work for more than a year, scientists now say the benefits outweigh the risks, and they are set to restart their experiments.
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How The Sweet Potato Crossed The Pacific Way Before The Europeans Did

The genes of the root vegetable have a juicy story to tell of trans-oceanic adventure. A DNA analysis of sweet potatoes adds evidence to the theory that ancient Polynesians visited South America long before the Europeans arrived.
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Obama Wants To Build On Climate Accomplishments

President Obama vowed in this week's inaugural speech to address climate change. The comments recevied a chilly reception in Congress. There are, however, steps the administration can take on its own.
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Rules Would Retire Most Research Chimps

An NIH working group recommends that most of the agency's 360 research chimpanzees be sent to a sanctuary — a non-laboratory setting where chimps can live more natural lives. But even if the NIH accepts the recommendations, putting them into effect won't be easy.
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In Second Inaugural, Obama Makes Climate A Priority

President Obama pulled out a surprise in his inaugural address. After barely mentioning climate change in his campaign, he put it on his short list of priorities for his second term. Experts believe he'll use the EPA to ramp up efforts to reduce greenhouse gases from power plants.
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To Catch A Marten: Seeking Clues In Olympic National Forest

Scientists are worried about the elusive members of the weasel family that live in parts of Olympic National Forest in Washington state. To see whether martens are endangered, volunteers are installing remote camera traps to take photos of the animals.

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