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Human Stem Cell Trial Questioned

By | October 16, 2012

Research purporting to cure patients with heart disease using induced pluripotent stem cells may be a fraud.

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Ketamine Encourages Nerve Remodeling

By | October 16, 2012

The commonly abused hallucinogen shows promise in extinguishing fear in rats, pointing to possible benefits for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Softness Indicates Metastatic Cells

By | October 15, 2012

The tenderness of cancer cells squeezed by a special apparatus can help pinpoint the ones most likely to spread the disease.

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Twitching Flies Tell Epilepsy’s Tale

By | October 15, 2012

Fruit flies engineered to suffer from temperature-dependent seizures reveal overactive sodium channels in neurons.

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Cloning Biologist Dies

By | October 12, 2012

Keith Campbell, a biologist who was part of the effort to clone Dolly the sheep, has passed away at the age of 58.

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Conservation Will Cost $76 Billion

By | October 12, 2012

Researchers estimate annual investment needed to conserve habitats and save the world’s most at-risk species.

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hESC Opponents File with Supreme Court

By | October 12, 2012

Scientists fighting the federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research bring their case before the country’s highest court.

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Mites Remember Enemies, Fight Back

By | October 12, 2012

Mites that were attacked by rival species as juveniles attack the young of their former assailants more frequently when they reach adulthood.

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A Course in Self Sequencing

By | October 11, 2012

Students at Mount Sinai School of Medicine can now take a class in which they can sequence and interpret their own genomes.

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Half-Life of DNA Revealed

By | October 11, 2012

Researchers measure how long it takes for DNA from bone to degrade, confirming that genetic information from dinosaurs could not last to the present day.

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