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NEW YORK TIMES: The Bacterial Surprise in This Bird’s Smell

The bacteria in a bird's microbiome seems to play an important role in the odoriferous messages it sends to other birds. Read the full story
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DETROIT FREE PRESS: Michigan girl’s genetic disorder stumped doctors for a reason: It’s a first 
Marlene Berthoud was an enigma, born with a head full of silvery hair that her father, Bryan Berthoud, compared to the X-Men superhero Storm's shimmery locks. Read the full story
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BLOOMBERG: Facebook junkies are similar to drug addicts, study finds
People over-dependent on social media sites display poor decision making in much the same way as drug addicts, research suggests. US scientists conducting a gambling experiment found that the worst performers tended to be those hooked on social media sites such as Facebook. Read the full story 
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U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORTS: Michigan Schools, health system training doctors on opioids
Three Michigan universities are teaming up with Spectrum Health to tackle the state's opioid crisis through physician training. The University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University are working with the Grand Rapids-based health system on training more physicians as addiction medicine specialists. Read the full story
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: Do anxious owners make for anxious dogs?
We’re often amused when dogs and their owners seem to look alike—both have lanky limbs or shaggy locks, say. A recent study has found that dogs resemble their owners in an entirely different way: their personalities actually tend to be similar. Read the full story
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THE SCIENTIST: Mutations in one gene linked to two separate birth defects 
Neural tube defects such as spina bifida, where a part of the spinal cord fails to close, may be caused by the same genes that lead to cleft lip and palate, according to a report last week (January 25) in Human Molecular Genetics. Read the full story