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New research proves single origin of humans in Africa

New research published in the journal Nature (19 July) has proved the single origin of humans theory by combining studies of global genetic variations in humans with skull measurements across the world. The research, at the ...

Jul 18, 2007
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Study casts doubt on creationism

The St Bernard dog – named after the 11th century priest Bernard of Menthon – may have ironically challenged the theory of creationism, say scientists.

Oct 24, 2007
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Scientists discover 21st century plague

Bacteria that can cause serious heart disease in humans are being spread by rat fleas, sparking concern that the infections could become a bigger problem in humans. Research published in the December issue of the Journal of ...

Nov 24, 2008
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One Species' Genome Discovered Inside Another's

Scientists at the University of Rochester and the J. Craig Venter Institute have discovered a copy of the genome of a bacterial parasite residing inside the genome of its host species.

Aug 30, 2007
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In a first, scientists develop tiny implantable biocomputers

Researchers at Harvard University and Princeton University have made a crucial step toward building biological computers, tiny implantable devices that can monitor the activities and characteristics of human ...

May 21, 2007
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Gene regulation, not just genes, is what sets humans apart

The striking differences between humans and chimps aren’t so much in the genes we have, which are 99 percent the same, but in the way those genes are used, according to new research from a Duke University team.

Aug 12, 2007
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Bacteria to run our cars, warm our homes

The United States Department of Energy has devoted $1.6 million to sequencing the DNA of six photosynthetic bacteria that Washington University in St. Louis biologists will examine for their potential as one ...

Oct 10, 2006
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