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Could Genes For Stripes Help Kitty Fight Disease?

Different lineages of cat with the same coloration got their looks in unique ways. The genetic variants that determine those patterns come from different mutations in the same genes. And that has some scientists thinking there may be more to the genes than meets the eye.
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Billionaires Fund A 'Manhattan Project' For Nutrition And Obesity

A former hedge fund manager-turned-philanthropist is donating millions of dollars to challenge the conventional wisdom about what makes us fat. The Nutrition Science Initiative says new research will make it possible to significantly lower obesity rates by 2020.
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The 'Facebook Effect' On Organ Donation

Between May 1 and the middle of September, around 275,000 Facebook users posted their donor status on the site. Now the social network has rolled out the feature in Canada and Mexico to spur donations.
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As Scientists Question New Rat Study, GMO Debate Rages On

Scientists question the methods and results of a new study showing harm to rats fed a diet of GMO corn and herbicide. But the debate is far from settled as interest groups call for a ban and governments ask for further studies.
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Virginia Begins Closing Training Centers For Disabled

Training centers in Virginia for the developmentally disabled are beginning to shut down as part of a settlement agreement.

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Insurance Companies Send Out Rebate Checks; Economists Get Nervous

Nearly 13 million Americans are getting rebate checks from their health insurance companies. But as is sometimes the case, what is popular with the people is not so popular with economists.
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Progress Made On Drug For Autism Symptoms

The drug, called arbaclofen, made people with Fragile X syndrome less likely to avoid social interactions, according to a newly published study. Researchers suspect it might do the same for people with autism.

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