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In-Depth Look at the Human Microbiome

By | September 20, 2017

Hundreds of samples from microbes living in the gut, skin, mouth, and vagina add to the human microbiome “fingerprint.” 

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House Passes 2018 Spending Bills

By | September 15, 2017

The $1.23 trillion budget includes an increase in NIH funding, but the package is unlikely to make it unscathed through the Senate.

image: Tattoo Ink Nanoparticles Persist in Lymph Nodes

Tattoo Ink Nanoparticles Persist in Lymph Nodes

By | September 12, 2017

Analysis of the bodies of deceased individuals can’t determine what effect these tattoo remnants have on lymph function, but researchers suggest dirty needles aren’t the only risk of the age-old practice.

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How Exercise Might Fight Cancer

By | September 8, 2017

Epinephrine’s activation of the signaling pathway Hippo is responsible for the in vitro tumor-fighting effects of serum from women who worked out.

The president’s picks for the two science-related positions must be confirmed by the Senate. 

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Scientists Fear DACA Cancellation

By and | September 4, 2017

Some researchers are at risk of job loss and even deportation if Trump decides to end a program that allows undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children to obtain work permits. 

Exposure to the body’s humidity causes a film of the microbes to change shape, opening flaps in the garment to allow for increased airflow.

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Science Labs Offer Help to Texas Researchers

By | August 29, 2017

Sparked by a tweet from a Philadelphia scientist, the March for Science–Houston has launched a database of facilities offering to host reagents and researchers. 

image: Gilead to Pay Nearly $12B for CAR T-Cell Company

Gilead to Pay Nearly $12B for CAR T-Cell Company

By | August 28, 2017

The massive sum will buy out Kite Pharma, whose cancer therapy is expected to be among the first of its type approved by the FDA.

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Doctors Warn Against Vaginal Seeding

By | August 24, 2017

A group of Danish obstetricians notes that the procedure carries risks and that there is little evidence supporting its benefits to the infant microbiome. 

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