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Pancreatic cancer develops for years before spreading

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Pancreatic cancer is notoriously deadly, killing some 95 percent of patients within five years of diagnosis. Actor Patrick Swayze died less than two years after he was diagnosed with the invasive disease. A pair of new studies examines the genetic history of pancreatic cancer, and one reports evidence that its evolution in the body might [...]

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Octopus Chronicles

DNA Finds New Octopus Species Hiding in Plain Sight

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Describing a new species for science is not quite as easy as it was in the days of 17th- or 18th-century naturalists. But that just means we have to look a little more closely. Such as, into an organism’s DNA. And rather than hunting through the dense jungles for years, scientists can, with a little [...]

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Talking back

Anarchic Autism Genetics Gain a Touch of Clarity

Two new studies demonstrate the promise and pitfalls of the industrial-scale gene-processing technologies that define the meaning of the much-ballyhooed Big Data. Bad news first. One of the two reports published in Nature provided a four-digit estimate of the number of genes involved with autism. [I’m obligated to break here to say that Scientific American [...]

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