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Music Lessons Benefit Babies

By | May 11, 2012

One year olds smile more and communicate better if they participate in interactive music classes with their parents.

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Bones Won’t Be Buried Yet

By | May 10, 2012

Two 9,000-year-old skeletons will be held by University of California, San Diego, officials—rather than turned over to American Indians for reburial—until a lawsuit is settled.

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Opinion: Academia Suppresses Creativity

By | May 9, 2012

By discouraging change, universities are stunting scientific innovation, leadership, and growth.

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Death by Lab-Acquired Infection?

By | May 8, 2012

A researcher dead from a meningococcal infection may have acquired it in his laboratory.

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Gene Signaling by Remote

By | May 7, 2012

Nanoparticles in mice can be switched on to activate insulin production using a radio signal.

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First Drug from GM Plant Approved

By | May 4, 2012

A human enzyme grown in carrot cells will treat patients with Gaucher disease.

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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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FDA Disputes Data Under-Reporting

By | May 2, 2012

The FDA and NIH dispute reports that clinical trial data is being under-reported.

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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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