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Stem Cells Myelinate Human Brain

By | October 10, 2012

In a Phase I trial, researchers show that neural stem cells transplanted into humans can differentiate and begin producing myelin.

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Q&A: Mixing Science and Politics

By | October 9, 2012

Politicians could make better decisions if they thought more like scientists, says Rush Holt, the only physicist in Congress.  

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Cell Re-Programmers Take the Nobel

By | October 8, 2012

John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka win this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine for learning how to reboot cellular development. 

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Mouse Eggs Made with Stem Cells

By | October 4, 2012

Researchers claim to have successfully transformed stem cells into viable mouse oocytes that produced healthy, fertile pups.

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Growing New Neurons

By | October 4, 2012

Brain cells called pericytes can be reprogrammed into neurons with just two proteins, pointing to a novel way to treat neurodegenerative disorders.

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Beard Beer

By | October 4, 2012

A brewmaster is creating a signature concoction using yeast found in his facial hair.

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Weeding Out Arsenate

By | October 3, 2012

A miniscule change in a hydrogen bond angle explains how bacteria can select phosphate over arsenate even in high-arsenate conditions.

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The rhythm of biology

By | June 3, 2011

An art exhibit in New York City explores the science behind our reaction to sounds

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XMRV doesn't cause chronic fatigue

By | June 3, 2011

Two studies point to contamination of patient samples as the cause of a controversial 2009 finding that linked the mouse virus XMRV with chronic fatigue syndrome

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Arsenic-based life debate continues

By | June 2, 2011

More than a dozen researchers voice their concerns about a 2010 paper that claims bacteria can use arsenic in place of phosphorus in its DNA and other biomolecules

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