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Article ID: 721128

Did Archaic Genetic Variants Help Melanesians Adapt?

University of Washington School of Medicine

Compared with other world groups, the DNA of Melanesian populations carries some of the largest percentage of ancestry from now-extinct Neanderthals and Denisovans. A genomic study of Melanesians suggests that certain genetic variants inherited from archaic human-like species may have helped these modern people adapt to their tropical island environment.

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21-Oct-2019 5:05 PM EDT
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Newswise: Humpback Whale Population on the Rise After Near Miss with Extinction

Article ID: 721098

Humpback Whale Population on the Rise After Near Miss with Extinction

University of Washington

A new study finds the western South Atlantic humpback population has grown to 25,000 whales. Researchers believe this new estimate is now close to pre-whaling numbers.

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21-Oct-2019 2:45 PM EDT
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Article ID: 719713

Pay, Flexibility, Advancement: They All Matter for Workers' Health and Safety, Study Shows

University of Washington

The terms and conditions of your employment — including your pay, hours, schedule flexibility and job security — influence your overall health as well as your risk of being injured on the job, according to new research from the University of Washington.

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17-Oct-2019 6:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 720966

New research center to explore muscle health and disease

UW Medicine

With collaborating labs across the University of Washington campus and at other Seattle-area institutions and beyond, the Center for Translational Muscle Research will encompass a myriad of muscle science and disease investigations.

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17-Oct-2019 4:55 PM EDT
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Newswise: Scientists Discover Skin Keeps Time Independent of the Brain

Article ID: 720977

Scientists Discover Skin Keeps Time Independent of the Brain

University of Washington School of Medicine

A study published Oct. 10 in Current Biology has now found that a type of opsin known as neuropsin is expressed in the hair follicles of mice and synchronize the skin’s circadian clock to the light-dark cycle, independent of the eyes or brain. This means that skin can sense whether it is day or night even when it’s cultured by itself in a dish. Researchers now want to see if skin heals better if it’s exposed to certain types of light.

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17-Oct-2019 4:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 720965

New Genetic Link Found for Some Forms of SIDS

UW Medicine

A genetic link has now been found for some instances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. The new UW Medicine research study is the first such to make an explainable link.

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17-Oct-2019 3:30 PM EDT
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Newswise: Old friends and new enemies: How evolutionary history can predict insect invader impacts
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Article ID: 720830

Old friends and new enemies: How evolutionary history can predict insect invader impacts

University of Washington

A research team led by the University of Washington has developed a model that could help foresters predict which nonnative insect invasions will be most problematic. This could help managers decide where to allocate resources to avoid widespread tree death.

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16-Oct-2019 5:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 720807

First smart speaker system that uses white noise to monitor infants' breathing

University of Washington

University of Washington researchers have developed a new smart speaker skill that lets a device use white noise to both soothe sleeping babies and monitor their breathing and movement.

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16-Oct-2019 5:20 AM EDT
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Article ID: 720802

Deaf infants more attuned to parent’s visual cues, study shows

University of Washington

A University of Washington-led study finds that Deaf infants exposed to American Sign Language are especially tuned to a parent's eye gaze, itself a social connection between parent and child that is linked to early learning.

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15-Oct-2019 3:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 720791

Piranha fish swap old teeth for new simultaneously

University of Washington

With the help of new technologies, a team led by the University of Washington has confirmed that piranhas lose and regrow all the teeth on one side of their face multiple times throughout their lives. How they do it may help explain why the fish go to such efforts to replace their teeth.

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15-Oct-2019 3:05 PM EDT
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