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Supreme Court Mulls Personalized Med

By | December 9, 2011

The high court considers the legitimacy of a patent on the relationship between blood tests and patient health.

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How Bees Choose Home

By | December 8, 2011

For honeybees, there’s no place like home. And every year, they must find a new one. Now, a study publishing today (December 8) in Science suggests that the honeybee swarms use inhibitory signals when house-hunting, paralleling the human brain’s decision-making process.

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Yawns More Contagious Among Friends

By | December 7, 2011

People who are emotionally connected are more likely to catch the yawns from one another.

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Non-coding RNAs Halt Cell Death

By | December 7, 2011

Long, non-coding regions of RNA can prevent red blood cells from committing suicide during the final stage of differentiation.

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Reversing Cocaine’s Effects with Light

By | December 7, 2011

Researchers use optogenetics to reverse drug-induced brain and behavioral changes.

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Brain Evolution at a Distance

By | December 6, 2011

Gene expression controlled from afar may have spurred the spurt in brain evolution that led to modern humans.

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A Possible Ebola Vaccine?

By | December 5, 2011

A new Ebola vaccine candidate protects mice against death and can be produced quickly in response to a bioterrorism threat.

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Sleep Aid Revives Unconscious?

By | December 5, 2011

A traditional drug to treat insomnia shows surprising promise in awaking minimally conscious patients.

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Light Bright Neurons

By | December 2, 2011

Neurons engineered to light up when they fire could help researchers study more precisely how the brain works.

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Stem Cells Traced To Heart

By | December 1, 2011

New research suggests that a controversial class of stem cells originates in the heart and retains some ability to repair damaged tissue.

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