Jef Akst

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Week in Review: November 2–6

By | November 6, 2015

How Ebola hides from immune cells; gut microbes’ role in immunotherapy response; new mechanisms of hearing loss; butterflies use milkweed toxins to ward off predators

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Following the Funding

By | November 4, 2015

Researchers use network theory to estimate the importance of relationships among researchers and institutions in attracting grant money.

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Breast Milk and Obesity

By | November 2, 2015

A study links components of a mother’s milk to her infant’s growth.

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Deadly Bariatrics, 1960s and '70s

By | November 1, 2015

Resecting a majority of the small intestine—a popular weight-loss surgery half a century ago—led to severe malnutrition and eventual death.

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The 6,000-Calorie Diet

By | November 1, 2015

Overeating and inactivity lead to insulin resistance in just days—and oxidative stress is to blame.

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FDA OKs Herpesvirus to Treat Cancer

By | October 28, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration’s approval of an engineered herpesvirus for the treatment of melanoma marks the first oncolytic virus to enter the market.

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Toward a Universal Flu Vax

By | October 27, 2015

Adding an adjuvant to stimulate both innate and adaptive immunity, researchers boost the effectiveness of an influenza A vaccine in mice.

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Imaging Entire Organisms

By | October 26, 2015

A new microscope allows researchers to watch biological processes at the cellular level in 3-D in living animals. 

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More CRISPR Proteins Discovered

By | October 23, 2015

Researchers identify three new proteins that may serve as alternatives to Cas9.

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GC-MS Distorts Data?

By | October 22, 2015

A study suggests that gas chromatography-mass spectrometry modifies or destroys sample compounds, but some are skeptical.

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