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An Epi Phenomenon

By | December 1, 2012

While exploring the genetics of a rare type of tumor, Stephen Baylin discovered an epigenetic modification that occurs in most every cancer—a finding he’s helping bring to the clinic.


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By | December 1, 2012

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


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Deleted Forever

By | December 1, 2012

By tapping local knowledge among African pastoralists and veterinarians, researchers successfully eradicated a deadly livestock virus—and are looking to replicate their success to halt other epidemics.

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Fat's Immune Sentinels

By | December 1, 2012

Certain immune cells keep adipose tissue in check by helping to define normal and abnormal physiological states.


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In the Long Run

By | December 1, 2012

Can emulating our early human ancestors make us healthier?

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The Plastic Genome

By | December 1, 2012

The poxvirus stockpiles genes when it needs to adapt.

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Waking Cancer Cells

By | December 1, 2012

A protein called Coco rouses dormant breast cancer cells in the lung.


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Virus Monopolizes Host’s Repairmen

By | November 29, 2012

Human cytomegalovirus fixes its broken DNA by exclusively co-opting its host’s repair proteins.


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Can Worms Alleviate Autism?

By | November 27, 2012

Autism researchers are testing the ability of whipworm eggs to treat autism in a new clinical trial.


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Architecture Reveals Genome’s Secrets

By | November 25, 2012

Three-dimensional genome maps are leading to a deeper understanding of how the genome’s form influences its function.



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