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Nature - Mon, 2016-02-08 17:40
Meet the soft, cuddly robots of the future
Nature 530, 7588 (2016). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/530024a
Author: Helen Shen
Rigid robots step aside — a new generation of squishy, stretchy machines is wiggling our way.
Database searches for DNA sequences that can take biologists and medical researchers days can now be completed in a matter of minutes, thanks to a new search method developed by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University.
A research team led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists has discovered details of how the abnormal breakage and rearrangement of chromosomes in white blood cells triggers a particularly aggressive form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Such leukemias are cancers of white blood cells, in which genetic mutations trigger overproduction of immature cells, called lymphoblasts.
A concise "Five things to know about.... Zika virus infection" article for physicians highlights key points about this newly emerged virus in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal)
Science Daily: New Species - Mon, 2016-02-08 12:42
Climate change is most likely behind the spread of a type of vesper bat across Europe over the last four decades. Kuhl's pipistrelle has extended its range by nearly 400 percent, according to a new study. It is the first to record a range expansion for bats on such a continental scale.