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The Dark Side of Melanin

By | February 19, 2015

Researchers uncover a previously unknown way UV light can act on melanin, spurring cancer-causing mutations hours after sun exposure.

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Blocking HIV

By | February 19, 2015

A synthetic antibody prevents infection in four monkeys injected with heavy doses of the virus.

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Neuroscience of Marijuana Munchies

By | February 18, 2015

Cannabinoids cause appetite-suppressing neurons to produce an appetite-stimulating hormone in mice.

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Tracking the Measles Outbreak

By | February 17, 2015

Genetic tests have not revealed the source of the viral outbreak that started in California’s Disney theme parks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Reframed

By | February 11, 2015

To more accurately reflect the condition, the Institute of Medicine recommends renaming it systemic exertion intolerance disease.

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Smartphone Diagnostic

By | February 5, 2015

Researchers design a device that attaches to a smartphone to test for diverse infectious diseases from a drop of blood.

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“Inner GPS” Support

By | February 5, 2015

Grid cells—the neurons that function as a spatial navigation system—require input from another set of neurons, a rat study shows.

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Long-Lived Immunotherapy Stem Cells

By | February 4, 2015

Genetically modified T memory stem cells persist in patients for more than 10 years, and can differentiate into a variety of T cell types.

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Ebola Drug Trial Canceled

By | February 2, 2015

As the number of Ebola cases declines, Chimerix is unable to recruit enough patients for its trial in Liberia testing the antiviral drug brincidofovir.

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Bouncing Back

By | February 1, 2015

In mice, a transcriptional regulator, β-catenin, activates a microRNA-processing pathway in the nucleus accumbens to promote resilience to social stress.

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