Bug Hunt

The ability of bacteria to evolve has thus far been the bugs' greatest strength, Ed Yong says at Discover's Not Exactly Rocket Science. But two Harvard Medical School researchers may have found a way to use that strength against the bugs. Tami Lieberman and Jean-Baptiste Michel have studied bacterial evolution for many years.

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A new study finds that a placental protein linked with preeclampsia can be targeted by RNA silencing, according to the New Scientist.

A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

A phylogenetic analysis finds that the rare hemimastigotes form their own supra-kingdom, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: approach for analyzing the expression of endogenous retroviruses, circular RNAs that influence host-virus interactions, and more.