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Epigenetics Armed German E. coli

By | November 9, 2012

The 2011 outbreak in Germany that caused some 50 deaths was caused by a strain of E. coli with a complex mechanism of gene regulation.

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Extra Vaccine Halts Mumps Outbreak

By | November 8, 2012

A third dose of the MMR vaccine given during an intense outbreak appears to have provided herd-immunity to control the spread of the disease.

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How Mole Rats Fight Cancer

By | November 6, 2012

Blind mole rats resist cancer by killing cells that proliferate in a similar way to tumor cells.

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The Brain on Anesthetics

By | November 5, 2012

Recording brain activity as patients are anesthetized for surgery, researchers identify a pattern that may signal loss of consciousness.  

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Gingers More Prone to Skin Cancer

By | November 2, 2012

Researchers identify an unexpected molecular explanation for the higher incidence of skin cancer in redheads.

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Contributors

By | November 1, 2012

Meet some of the people featured in the November 2012 issue of The Scientist.

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Microbial Awakening

By | November 1, 2012

Successive awakening of soil microbes drives a huge pulse of CO2 following the first rain after a dry summer.

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Omega-3s: Fishing for a Mechanism

By | November 1, 2012

Despite abundant evidence supporting their ability to help prevent and treat cardiovascular disease, the therapeutic effectiveness of fish oil–derived fatty acids remains controversial.

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The Road Less Traveled

By | November 1, 2012

First, Aravinda Chakravarti drew a map of how scientists might unravel the genetics of complex disease. Then he blazed the trail.

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Tumor Snipers

By | November 1, 2012

After two headline successes, companies rush to develop “smart bomb” cancer drugs.

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