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Tuning the Brain

By | October 28, 2013

Deep-brain stimulation is allowing neurosurgeons to adjust the neural activity in specific brain regions to treat thousands of patients with myriad neurological disorders.


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DARPA Supports Brain Treatment

By | October 28, 2013

Brain-implant technologies just got a vote of government confidence, as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announces an investment of $70 million over five years.

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Measuring Latent HIV

By | October 24, 2013

The latent HIV provirus reservoir persisting in CD4+ T cells is potentially 60 times larger than previously believed, researchers show.


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Implanted Trachea Going Strong

By | October 23, 2013

Five years after receiving a tissue-engineered airway, the 30-year-old Colombian patient is doing well, having experienced no immunological complications associated with the procedure.


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A Dire Air Pollution Warning

By | October 21, 2013

Contaminants in the air are officially carcinogens, according to the World Health Organization.


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Ketamine Alternative Shows Promise

By | October 17, 2013

Researchers show that lanicemine is an effective antidepressant without the adverse effects of the related hallucinogenic drug.


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Book Excerpt from Evolution and Medicine

By | October 1, 2013

In Chapter 11, “Man-made diseases,” author Robert Perlman describes how socioeconomic health disparities arise in hierarchical societies.


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By | October 1, 2013

Meet some of the people featured in the October 2013 issue of The Scientist.


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Get a Whiff of This

By | October 1, 2013

An issue devoted to the latest research on how smells lead to actions


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The Leprosy Bacillus, circa 1873

By | October 1, 2013

A scientist’s desperate attempts to prove that Mycobacterium leprae causes leprosy landed him on trial, but his insights into the disease’s pathology were eventually vindicated.


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