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Blocking a Stress-Related Gene Relieves Chronic Pain

By | February 10, 2016

Inhibiting the activity of a protein involved in the body’s stress response can ease chronic pain in mice.

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Turning Tumor Cells Against Cancer

By | February 8, 2016

In mice, cancer cells genetically modified to express an anticancer cytokine home to tumors and can reduce their growth. 

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Aging Shrinks Chromosomes

By | February 5, 2016

A study on human cells reveals how cellular aging affects the 3-D architecture of chromosomes.

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Mysterious Mechanisms of Cardiac Cell Therapy

By | February 4, 2016

Injections of progenitor cells into damaged rat hearts may improve function, but not because the implants themselves are creating new muscle.

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Circadian Clock and Aging

By | February 3, 2016

Whether a critical circadian clock gene is deleted before or after birth impacts the observed aging-related effects in mice.

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In Situ Antibodies

By | February 2, 2016

Compared with systemic injections, localized antibody therapies may be more effective for some indications.

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Restoring C-Section Babies’ Microbiota

By | February 1, 2016

A small pilot study suggests exposure to maternal vaginal fluids could restore infant microbiota following Cesarean-section delivery.

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Simulating Scientific Sabotage, For Fun

By | January 29, 2016

With a card game, researchers make light of the “wacky aspects of scientific research.”

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Surrogate Genes Enable Reproduction

By | January 28, 2016

Increasing the expression of two genes from non-Y chromosomes restores spermatogenesis in male mice that lack Y chromosomes.

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Schizophrenia and the Synapse

By | January 27, 2016

Genetic evidence suggests that overactive synaptic pruning drives development of schizophrenia.

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