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In weird Brazilian cave insects, male-female sex organs reversed

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WASHINGTON - This may be the role reversal to end all role reversals.

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In a cloning first, scientists create stem cells from adults 17 Apr 2014

NEW YORK - Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient's DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men.

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Scientists find Earth-sized world in orbit friendly to life 17 Apr 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - For the first time, scientists have found an Earth-sized world orbiting in a life-friendly zone around a distant star.

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Brutish and short? DNA 'switch' sheds light on Neanderthals 17 Apr 2014

NEW YORK - How can creatures as different in body and mind as present-day humans and their extinct Neanderthal cousins be 99.84 percent identical genetically?

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Oh baby: Scientists find protein that lets egg and sperm hook up 16 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON - You can forget about the birds and the bees. If you really want to learn how babies are made, you need to know about Juno and Izumo.

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Jaws, the prequel: Scientists find the 'Model T Ford' of sharks 16 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON - You've heard of the Model T Ford, the famed early 20th-century automobile that was the forerunner of the modern car. But how about the Model T shark?

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U.S. agencies back DigitalGlobe bid to sell sharper images 15 Apr 2014

TAMPA/WASHINGTON - The U.S. intelligence community has thrown its support behind a bid by commercial space imagery provider DigitalGlobe Inc to sell higher resolution images from its satellites, the leading U.S. intelligence official said Tuesday.

China rejections of GMO U.S. corn cost up to $2.9 billion: group 16 Apr 2014

CHICAGO - China's rejections of a banned variety of genetically modified U.S. corn have cost the U.S. agriculture industry up to $2.9 billion, a grain group said on Wednesday in the first estimate on losses from the trade disruptions.

French parliament bans cultivation of GM maize 15 Apr 2014

PARIS - France's lower house of parliament adopted a law on Tuesday prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize, saying it posed a risk to the environment.

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Sky-watchers see 'blood moon' in total lunar eclipse 15 Apr 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - Parts of the world saw a rare celestial event on Tuesday when the Earth's shadow fell across the moon, turning it orange. | Video

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Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. | Video