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Study of sisters helps explain dad’s influence on risky sexual behavior

Researchers have shown links between father involvement and daughters’ sexual behavior, with the standard explanation attributing that influence to shared genes that impact both a father’s behavior and relationships and his child’s problem behavior, including engaging in risky sex and affiliating with delinquent peers. But a study suggests that even though genes likely play a part, they may not be the whole story.

Tackling infectious disease, one protein at a time

A team of scientists has solved the 3-D structure of 1,000 proteins from more than 70 organisms that cause infectious disease in people. The proteins come from microbes that cause several serious diseases, including tuberculosis, Listeria, Giardia, Ebola, anthrax, C. diff., Legionella, Lyme, chlamydia and the flu.

Major flaws in US drugs with ‘accelerated’ approval, research suggests

Major flaws have been identified in the fast tracking of some drugs available to the American public without any stringent clinical evidence of their benefits.

Rising sea levels will boost moderate floods in some areas, severe floods in others

Sea-level rise over the next 50 to 100 years will lead to moderate coastal flooding in regions already prone to floods, but to more severe flooding in regions where such floods are currently rare, suggests new research.

Predicting autism: Study links infant brain connections to diagnoses at age two

In previous studies, researchers linked infant brain anatomy differences to autism diagnoses at age two. Now they show differences in functional connections between brain regions at 6 months to predict autism at age two.