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Snake Toxin Reveals Pain Clues

By | November 16, 2011

The venom from the Texas coral snake causes intense pain by targeting acid-sensing ion channels, providing researchers with potential new targets for pain therapies.

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Suicide Gene Identified

By | November 16, 2011

Researchers identify a gene that is more likely to be carried by people who are suicidal than depressed individuals who are not.

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Birth Control Pills and Prostate Cancer

By | November 16, 2011

A new study suggests a possible link between the use of oral contraceptives and rising prostate cancer rates.

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First Lab-grown Blood Transfusion

By | November 16, 2011

Blood cells derived from a person’s bone marrow stem cells are injected back into his body.

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First hESC Trial Kaput

By | November 15, 2011

Geron is terminating a clinical trial testing a human embryonic stem cell treatment for spinal cord injury.

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Chronic Fatigued Researcher Sued

By | November 15, 2011

A research institute has filed a lawsuit against its former employee, Judy Mikovits, who claimed to link a mouse retrovirus to chronic fatigue syndrome.

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Infection Selection

By | November 13, 2011

Scientists track changes in bacterial genomes during a hospital outbreak to discover potential pathogenesis genes.

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Pox Vaccine Treats Liver Cancer

By | November 11, 2011

A genetically engineered smallpox vaccine improved the survival of liver cancer patients participating in a phase II clinical trial.

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How Blood Cells Thwart Malaria

By | November 10, 2011

The sickle cell anemia mutation may protect against malaria by preventing the parasite from sending dangerous proteins to the red blood cell surface.

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Prenatal Stress Ages Offspring

By | November 9, 2011

High stress during fetal development could  cause premature aging, according to a study in chickens, which published today (November 9) in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 

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