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Molecular Multitasker

Scientists create a way to isolate mRNA from a single living cell within a tissue.

Commander of an Immune Flotilla

Carl June drew inspiration from malaria, bone marrow transplantation, and HIV in his path to a breakthrough in cancer immunotherapy.

Getting Down to Business

Is there a genetic component to entrepreneurial success?

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New developments in protein array technology

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How to successfully inform policy when scientific evidence is not plainly evident.

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A mouse study shows that molecular remnants of early-life stress can be passed on to future generations.

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Considering “targeted therapeutics” in the face of intra-patient heterogeneity. 

A little-studied protein appears to be a critical part of the perplexing channel that prevents cells from bursting.

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Researchers construct a family tree of group A Streptococcus to trace the evolution of a “flesh-eating” strain.

Four prominent academics call for an overhaul of the US biomedical research workforce.

Women with a notorious variant of a gene involved in Alzheimer’s, APOE4, are much more likely than men with the variant to develop the neurodegenerative disease.

Government researchers conclude that homeopathic therapies do not work.

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Using patients’ own immune systems to fight cancer

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In the face of bacterial threats that can evade modern medicines, researchers are trying every trick in the book to develop new, effective antibiotics.

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The professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at Simon Fraser University is also an accomplished painter.

Architecture student-turned-artist Macato Murayama creates beautiful images inspired by the intricate anatomy of flowers.

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The notion that humans are moral because morality is the result of natural selection acting on genes (e.g., the gene for oxytocin) is the naturalistic fallacy (defining good as some natural property).

If you can show that oxytocin promotes behaviors such as: trust, empathy, and cooperation, you still can ask the question: are trust, empathy, and cooperation good things or bad things?


- W. Boernke, Oxytocin Boosts Dishonesty
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