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Six Threats to Chromosomes

By | May 3, 2012

Researchers identify two new DNA repair systems, in addition to four that were already known, that can attack unprotected telomeres.

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Nervous Mice Get Worse Cancer

By | May 3, 2012

Anxious mice are more likely to come down with aggressive skin cancer than those who show less stress on behavioral tests.

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Telomere Basics

By | May 1, 2012

Telomeres are repetitive, noncoding sequences that cap the ends of linear chromosomes. They consist of hexameric nucleotide sequences (TTAGGG in humans) repeated hundreds to thousands of times. 

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In Chapter 12, "The Opium Fields," author Marc Lewis recounts one night spent in the brain chemistry-bending grip of opium addiction.

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Capsule Reviews

By | May 1, 2012

Masters of the Planet, Learning from the Octopus, Darwin’s Devices, and Psychology’s Ghosts

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Contributors

May 1, 2012

Meet some of the people featured in the April 2012 issue of The Scientist.

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Dopamine: Duality of Desire

By | May 1, 2012

Being an ex-drug-addict turned neuroscientist brings a unique insight into the physiological and phenomenological realities of addiction.

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Speaking of Science

By | May 1, 2012

May 2012's selection of notable quotes

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Telomeres in Disease

By | May 1, 2012

Telomeres have been linked to numerous diseases over the years, but how exactly short telomeres cause diseases and how medicine can prevent telomere erosion are still up for debate.

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Glow-in-the-Dark Sharks

By | April 26, 2012

The hormone melatonin lights up the bellies of pygmy sharks, hiding their silhouette from predators below.

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