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Cancer’s First Step

By | February 8, 2012

A single mutant cell breaks free of its neighbors in the early stages of cancer development.

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C. diff Infection Source Unclear

By | February 7, 2012

Only a quarter of Clostridium difficile infections in one hospital system were traced to contact with a symptomatic patient.

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Sex, Deconstructed

By | February 2, 2012

Hormones in the brain control sex-specific behaviors by activating individual genetic programs.

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Scanning the Psychedelic Brain

By | January 23, 2012

Brain scans reveal the surprising secret of magic mushrooms’ hallucinogenic effect.

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Low Oxygen Saves Irradiated Brain?

By | January 18, 2012

Whole brain radiation therapy costs mice some of their cognitive abilities, but treatment with low-oxygen air revives their reasoning skills.

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Early Signs of Alzheimers

By | January 13, 2012

Proteins that appear before patients show symptoms of the disease could offer clues to the disease process.

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The Risks of Dangerous Research

By | January 13, 2012

Should research that makes pathogens more deadly or infectious—or other dangerous research—be conducted in the first place?

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Chimp Viruses for Human Vaccines

By | January 4, 2012

An adenovirus isolated from chimpanzee feces proves more effective than human adenoviruses as a vaccine vector for hepatitis C.

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Secrets of Breast Cancer Resistance

By | January 4, 2012

A new study shows that breast cancers that become resistant to hormone therapy have different patterns of estrogen receptor binding.

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Top People of 2011

By | December 21, 2011

The Scientist recounts the year’s top science prize winners and top-notch scientists that passed away.

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