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Microbial Smog

By | February 3, 2014

Some 1,300 species of microbes, including some associated with allergies and lung disease, are adrift in Beijing’s thick smog.

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Pruning Synapses Improves Brain Connections

By | February 2, 2014

Without microglia to pluck off unwanted synapses in early life, mouse brains develop with weaker connections, leading to altered social behavior.

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An Offensive Playbook

By | February 1, 2014

Developing nonaddictive drugs to combat pain

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Contributors

By | February 1, 2014

Meet some of the people featured in the February 2014 issue of The Scientist.

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On Race and Medicine

By | February 1, 2014

Until health care becomes truly personalized, race and ethnicity will continue to be important clues guiding medical treatments.

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Pain and Progress

By | February 1, 2014

Is it possible to make a nonaddictive opioid painkiller?

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Syphilis: Then and Now

By , , and | February 1, 2014

Researchers are zeroing in on the origin of syphilis and related diseases, which continue to plague the human population some 500 years after the first documented case.

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Bacteria by Design

By | January 30, 2014

A survey of bacteria in a University of Oregon building reveals that architecture influences the indoor microbiome.

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Behavior Brief

By | January 29, 2014

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Review: “Green Porno”

By | January 29, 2014

Isabella Rossellini explores nature’s kinky side in a one-woman show.

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