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Five Life-Science MacArthur Winners

By | September 22, 2011

This year’s winners research topics ranging from stem cell regulation to brain damage from football injuries.

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Why the Thai HIV Vax Trial Worked

By | September 19, 2011

New molecular analyses yield clues to the success of a 2009 human HIV vaccine study.

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Contagion: Science Fact?

By | September 16, 2011

Soderbergh’s new pandemic thriller gets a lot of the science right, but does contain a few unlikely details.

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Neurotransmitter-Regulated Immunity

By | September 15, 2011

Nerve signals control T cell responses, helping to explain inflammation and stroke.

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Hypoallergenic Dogs Overhyped?

By | September 6, 2011

A study finds that homes with dogs billed as hypoallergenic harbor just as many allergens as those housing other breeds.

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Secrets of Aging

By | September 1, 2011

What does a normally aging brain look like? Are diseases of aging such as Alzheimer’s inevitable?

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What Causes Alzheimer’s?

By | September 1, 2011

Researchers and pharma companies have tried to attack this disease by reducing amyloid plaques, but inflammation may be the real culprit.

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Beyond Expectation

By | September 1, 2011

Philippa “Pippa” Marrack has made some unanticipated discoveries about how the immune system functions in health and disease.

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Lost in Space

By | September 1, 2011

Looking for a more realistic way to study memory, we turned to place cells­­—­a network of cells that record a rat’s memory of an environment. 

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Molecular Learning

By | September 1, 2011

Long-term potentiation (LTP), discovered in the 1970s, was later shown to be the molecular basis of memory. 

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