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How Gastric Bypass Can Kill Sugar Cravings

By | November 19, 2015

A type of bariatric surgery eliminates gut-to-brain signals that trigger sugar highs, a mouse study shows.  

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Blood-Gut Barrier

By | November 12, 2015

Scientists identify a barrier in mice between the intestine and its blood supply, and suggest how Salmonella sneaks through it.

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Breaching the Blood-Brain Barrier

By | November 11, 2015

Researchers deliver cancer-fighting drugs to a patient’s brain via the bloodstream, penetrating the blood-brain barrier for the first time.

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Week in Review: November 2–6

By | November 6, 2015

How Ebola hides from immune cells; gut microbes’ role in immunotherapy response; new mechanisms of hearing loss; butterflies use milkweed toxins to ward off predators

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Shire Buys Rare Disease Drug Developer

By | November 2, 2015

The Irish drugmaker is set to acquire the Massachusetts-based Dyax in a $5.9 billion deal.

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A Weighty Anomaly

By | November 1, 2015

Why do some obese people actually experience health benefits?

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Battling the Bulge

By | November 1, 2015

Weight-loss drugs that target newly characterized obesity-related receptors and pathways could finally offer truly effective fat control.

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Contributors

By | November 1, 2015

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

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Weight's the Matter?

By | November 1, 2015

The causes and consequences of obesity are more complicated than we thought.  

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Toward Protecting Participants’ Privacy

By | October 29, 2015

Genomic data shared via the Beacon Project are vulnerable to privacy breaches, scientists show.

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