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Brazil’s Pre-Zika Microcephaly Cases

By | February 10, 2016

A review of four years’ worth of medical records finds far greater numbers of microcephaly cases from before the ongoing Zika virus epidemic than had been officially reported.

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Stem Cells to Blame for Hair Loss?

By | February 8, 2016

Two new studies point to factors in hair follicle stem cells as players in age-related hair loss.

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Zika Update

By | February 5, 2016

Dip in Brazilian microcephaly cases; Zika transmitted via sex and blood transfusion; deaths in Colombia

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Additional Zika Tests in Development

By | February 3, 2016

Scientists design diagnostics to improve the detection of current infections.

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Zika Update

By | February 1, 2016

Link to microcephaly questioned; vaccine timeline expedited; thousands of Zika-exposed pregnancies reported in Colombia

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Zika Update

By | January 28, 2016

The virus continues to spread as countries issue pregnancy advisories and drug firms pick up on vaccine development.

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Zika Update

By | January 25, 2016

Health officials expect the virus to spread to nearly all countries in the Americas and expand warnings for pregnant women.

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Study: Melioidosis Underreported

By | January 12, 2016

Researchers warn that a poorly understood, life-threatening tropical disease may be killing thousands more people than previously realized.

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How Multicellularity Arose

By | January 11, 2016

Researchers identify a molecule that may have been key to the surprisingly common transition from single-celled ancestors to today’s complex, multicellular organisms. 

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Updating the Polio Vaccine

By | January 4, 2016

Researchers develop new attenuated viruses that could support the eradication effort.

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