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Stem-Cell Cocktail Given Green Light

By | March 27, 2013

Italy’s outgoing health minister allows patients to receive an unproven stem cell cocktail at the government’s expense.

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Opinion: Life as a Target

By | March 27, 2013

Attacks on my work aimed at undermining climate change science have turned me into a public figure. I have come to embrace that role.

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New Down Syndrome Protein Found

By | March 26, 2013

Researchers identify a protein involved in the chromosomal disorder that could explain its characteristic learning deficits.

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Week in Review, March 18-22

By | March 22, 2013

Venom-based drugs for pain; microbes in the deep ocean; altruistic, suicidal bacteria; a call for open access; clinical sequencing; the newest genomes

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Texas Cancer Agency Unshackled

By | March 21, 2013

Texas’s top officials have authorized the state's troubled cancer research institute to award $71.8 million in recruitment grants that have been on hold since last December.

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The Upside of Suicide

By | March 20, 2013

Researchers show that a bacterium’s self-sacrifice can benefit its community, even when the members are not strongly related.

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Anthrax Vax Test OK for Kids

By | March 19, 2013

A presidential bioethics commission lays out the framework for testing the anthrax vaccine in children.

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Opinion: Genomics in the Clinic

By | March 18, 2013

Next-generation sequencing diagnostics are already being used, and patients are ready.

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Microbes Thrive in Deepest Ocean

By | March 17, 2013

Researchers find remarkably active bacteria in the Mariana Trench, where they live under pressure 1,000 times greater than at the surface.

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Week in Review

By | March 15, 2013

Disgruntled Nobel loser sues; brain trauma researchers search for biomarker of a chronic condition; receptor for novel coronavirus found; the rise of transcriptomics; and ethical oversight of participant-led research

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