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Autism in the Genes

By | July 22, 2014

Researchers determine that heritability outweighs non-genetic risk factors when it comes to the developmental disorder.

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Flipped Fat-burning Linked to Cancer Cachexia

By | July 22, 2014

Conversion of white fat to brown is associated with muscle atrophy and weight loss in cancer patients.

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First Chikungunya Contracted in U.S.

By | July 18, 2014

A Florida man becomes the first US resident who has not recently traveled outside the country to be diagnosed with an infection from the mosquito-borne virus.

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HIV Returns in “Cured” Child

By | July 11, 2014

A Mississippi girl who was thought to have been “functionally cured” of HIV as an infant once again harbors detectable levels of the virus.

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Another Alzheimer’s Blood Test?

By | July 9, 2014

Researchers identify a set of proteins that can predict the development of Alzheimer’s disease-related dementia with 87 percent accuracy.

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New Catalog of Human Gut Microbes

By | July 9, 2014

An updated analysis of the gut microbiome extends the list of known bacterial genes to 9.8 million. 

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Human Gene Set Shrinks Again

By | July 8, 2014

Proteomic data suggest the human genome may encode fewer than 20,000 genes.

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Magic Mushroom Dreams

By | July 3, 2014

A psychedelic compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms triggers brain activity characteristic of dream states.

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Done with Immunosuppressants

By | July 3, 2014

Adult sickle-cell patients have safely stopped taking their immunosuppressant medication thanks to a new type of blood stem-cell transplant.

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Running Mice Regain Vision

By | June 27, 2014

Exposure to visual stimuli while running restores vision to mice blind in one eye. 

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