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Engineering a Deadly Flu

By | November 21, 2011

Research on the H5N1 influenza strain has gained the attention of a national biosecurity organization.

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Deafness Gene Heightens Touch

By | November 20, 2011

People with a defect in an ion channel that causes deafness are more sensitive to certain types of touch.

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Mapping Antibiotic Use and Resistance

By | November 17, 2011

New data reveals troubling trends in the pharmaceutical fight against bacteria.

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Snake Toxin Reveals Pain Clues

By | November 16, 2011

The venom from the Texas coral snake causes intense pain by targeting acid-sensing ion channels, providing researchers with potential new targets for pain therapies.

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Suicide Gene Identified

By | November 16, 2011

Researchers identify a gene that is more likely to be carried by people who are suicidal than depressed individuals who are not.

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Birth Control Pills and Prostate Cancer

By | November 16, 2011

A new study suggests a possible link between the use of oral contraceptives and rising prostate cancer rates.

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First Lab-grown Blood Transfusion

By | November 16, 2011

Blood cells derived from a person’s bone marrow stem cells are injected back into his body.

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First hESC Trial Kaput

By | November 15, 2011

Geron is terminating a clinical trial testing a human embryonic stem cell treatment for spinal cord injury.

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Endangered Snails Accidentally Frozen

By | November 15, 2011

Hundreds of rare giant land snails held in captivity in New Zealand froze to death after the temperature probes in their containers failed.

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Chronic Fatigued Researcher Sued

By | November 15, 2011

A research institute has filed a lawsuit against its former employee, Judy Mikovits, who claimed to link a mouse retrovirus to chronic fatigue syndrome.

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