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NIH Issues Guidelines For HeLa Cell Genome Data

The 2010 bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks highlighted ethical controversies surrounding scientists' use of HeLa cells. The cells are descended from a tumor taken without consent from Henrietta Lacks, a poor black woman who died in 1951. Ethical concerns resurfaced with the publication of the HeLa cell's genome. The National Institutes of Health has now issued guidelines. For an explanation, Linda Wertheimer talks to NIH director Francis Collins.
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Science Rap B.A.T.T.L.E.S. Bring Hip-Hop Into The Classroom

The program is part of a national push for science education among minorities. A U.S. Department of Commerce study found that blacks and Latinos are half as likely as whites to have a job in science or engineering.
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EPA Wants To Allow Continued Wastewater Dumping In Wyoming

The environmental agency has proposed permits that would allow oil companies to continue releasing contaminated wastewater onto the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming. NPR found last year that the EPA has been allowing oil companies to send so much wastewater onto dry land that it was creating raging streams.
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Climate Change Could Spell Final 'Chuckle' For Alpine Frog

The Cascades frog used to occupy alpine zones from California to the Canadian border, but its range is shrinking as global temperatures increase and snowpack declines. Scientists are hiking deep into the mountains of the Northwest to study the tiny frog, which makes a call that has been described as a "chuckling" sound.
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Dolphins Recognize The Calls Of Long-Lost Friends

Scientists have known that dolphins recognize each other by the sound of each animal's signature whistle. But new research shows that dolphins remember and respond to these whistles for an incredibly long time — even after they've been separated from each other.
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Black Holes One Of Space's Great Paradoxes

Late summer tends to be a slow month for news. But at All Things Considered, we put on a two hour program, no matter what. So — without a trace of irony — one of our science correspondents offered to help fill some holes in the show with a series of stories about holes. In this edition: Black holes.
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Decades After Lacks' Death, Family Gets A Say On Her Cells

A special committee that includes two members of the Lacks family will review scientists' applications for access to the genetic sequence of cells derived from a tumor that killed Henrietta Lacks. The cells are among the most widely used in research.
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A Patch Designed To Make You Invisible To Mosquitoes

A small, square sticker called the Kite Patch promises to keep mosquitoes away by sending out chemicals that block the bug's ability to sense humans. The inventors say it could be a game changer in the way we prevent mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile virus.
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Genetic Code Shows Bird Flu In China Spread Between People

Chinese scientists offer the first clear evidence that the H7N9 bird flu virus can be transmitted from human to human. A father, who became sick in March, passed the virus to his daughter. But the risk of transmission is quite low, and the virus still doesn't appear to pose a global threat.
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Earth Scientists Pin Climate Change Squarely On 'Humanity'

The federal government's top climate scientists announced Tuesday that 2012 was really hot — among the top 10 hottest years on record and the hottest ever in the U.S., with rising sea levels, less Arctic sea ice and warmer oceans. And the American Geophysical Union called humanity "the major influence" on global climate change.

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