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Novel Cystic Fibrosis Drug Approved

By | February 1, 2012

After a lightning-fast approval, the first medicine to treat an underlying cause of the disorder hits the market.

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Calcium and the Pancreas

By | February 1, 2012

Normal pancreatic function depends on the precise flow of calcium within and into the acinar cells of the organ. 

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Switching the Bait

By | February 1, 2012

Turning a standard technique into an unbiased screen for diagnostic biomarkers

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Casting a Wide Eye

By | February 1, 2012

Scientists study a variety of large-scale biological phenomena from the vantage point of space.

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Reading Tea Leaves

By | February 1, 2012

Cyclic peptides, discovered in an African tea used to speed labor and delivery, may hold potential as drug-stabilizing scaffolds, antibiotics, and anticancer drugs.

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The War Within

By | February 1, 2012

Unraveling the molecular causes of acute pancreatitis—a potentially deadly disease in which the pancreas essentially digests itself—is yielding clues to how it might be treated.

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Resignations Over AIDS Denial

By | January 31, 2012

A member of an Italian journal’s editorial board resigns in protest of a paper denying the link between HIV and AIDs.

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Double the Mutations

By | January 30, 2012

Irradiated sperm of young male mice induce mutations in eggs upon fertilization, a phenomenon that may pose risks for the children of cancer survivors.

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Chemicals Undermine Vaccines?

By | January 27, 2012

Perfluorinated compounds, a class of manufacturing chemicals, may be harming the immune system in a way that reduces the effectiveness of standard childhood vaccines.

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Scanning the Psychedelic Brain

By | January 23, 2012

Brain scans reveal the surprising secret of magic mushrooms’ hallucinogenic effect.

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