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Doctor Who Blocked Thalidomide Dies

By | August 11, 2015

Frances Oldham Kelsey, a physician who halted use of a drug that caused birth defects in babies, has passed away at age 101.

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New York City reports its eighth victim of Legionnaires’ disease in the past month. Nearly 100 people have been hospitalized.

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Chemical Cocktails Produce Neurons

By | August 6, 2015

Two research groups have devised small-molecule recipes to directly transform fibroblasts into neurons.

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Ebola Vax Success

By | August 3, 2015

An experimental vaccine against Ebola virus disease may completely protect people against infection, according to a clinical study in Guinea.

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Book Excerpt from Life on the Edge

By | August 1, 2015

In Chapter 4, “The quantum beat,” authors Johnjoe McFadden and Jim Al-Khalili rethink Newton’s apple from a quantum-biological perspective.

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Capsule Reviews

By | August 1, 2015

Gods of the Morning, Hedonic Eating, A Beautiful Question, and Genomic Messages

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Contributors

By | August 1, 2015

Meet some of the people featured in the August 2015 issue of The Scientist.

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Good Vibrations

By | August 1, 2015

Does a delicately orchestrated balance between quantum and classical physics distinguish living from nonliving things?

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Mimicry Muses

By | August 1, 2015

The animal world is full of clever solutions to bioengineering challenges.

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Mysterious Blockage

By | August 1, 2015

Learn more about biliary atresia, a disease that inflicts newborn babies and young lambs whose mothers eat poisonous plants.

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