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Old Ocean Mold

By | December 12, 2012

Fungi in 100 million year-old seafloor sediments could possess novel antibiotics.

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From Urine to Neurons

By | December 11, 2012

Scientists have developed new method for generating brain cells from urine, speeding up the process and eliminating some of the problems with previous techniques.

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Losing the Funding Fight

By | December 11, 2012

A researcher tries and fails to garner support for petitions to increase the National Institutes of Health’s budget as sequestration looms.

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100,000 British Genomes

By | December 10, 2012

A new initiative lead by the UK’s National Health Service aims to sequence the genomes of as many as 100,000 patients, a project that will cost £100 million.

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Soil Bacteria May “Eat” Antibiotics

By | December 10, 2012

Long-term exposure to antibiotics from agricultural run off may encourage the evolution of soil bacteria that break down and consume the antibacterial agents.

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Gold Dust Missing from Pfizer Lab

By | December 10, 2012

$700,000 worth of gold dust has been reported missing from a Pfizer medical research lab in Missouri.

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Maggot Medicine

By | December 10, 2012

The healing powers of maggots may lie in their secreted proteins, which restrain the human immune response.

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Drug Approvals Up

By | December 7, 2012

The total number of new drugs approved this year ties last year for the highest since 2004, suggesting that the pharmaceutical industry is recovering.  

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NYU Still Recovering from Sandy

By | December 7, 2012

NYU’s Langone Medical Center continues to struggle from the lasting impact of the 15-foot storm surge that accompanied the recent hurricane.

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Arctic’s Menacing Melt

By | December 7, 2012

A new assessment reveals that the Arctic’s environment is rapidly deteriorating, threatening species and global weather patterns.

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