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Sunday, October 12, 2014

ScienceDaily: Top Science News

ScienceDaily: Top Science News

No single explanation for biodiversity in Madagascar

Posted: 10 Oct 2014 12:52 PM PDT

No single 'one-size-fits-all' model can explain how biodiversity hotspots come to be, finds a study of more than 700 species of reptiles and amphibians in Madagascar. By analyzing the distribution of Madagascar's lizards, snakes, frogs and tortoises, researchers find that each group responded differently to environmental fluctuations on the island over time. The results are important because they suggest that climate change and deforestation in Madagascar will have varying effects on different species.

Giant leap for diabetes: From human embryonic stem cells to billions of human insulin producing cells

Posted: 09 Oct 2014 09:56 AM PDT

Stem cell researchers have announced that they have made a giant leap forward in the quest to find a truly effective treatment for type 1 diabetes, a condition that affects an estimated three million Americans at a cost of about $15 billion annually.

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