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Neglected Babies Develop Less Myelin

By | September 17, 2012

Mice raised in isolation from their mothers developed cognitive deficits similar to those of babies raised in orphanages where physical contact is infrequent.


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Ants Select Better Microbes

By | September 14, 2012

Researchers identified the 3-step process leaf-cutter ants use to grow helpful bacteria on their bodies.

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Bacterial Sentinels of Noses

By | September 12, 2012

Friendly sinus bacteria may keep sinusitis-causing strains in check.


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Double-Edged TB Drug

By | September 12, 2012

A cheap pain reliever that can kill drug-resistant, tuberculosis-causing bacteria may never be tested.


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Getting to Know the Genome

By | September 5, 2012

A massive project involving hundreds of scientists suggests that very little—if any—of the human genome is truly non-functional.


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Do it Yourself TB Test

By | September 5, 2012

With a cardboard box, a light source, and some filters, roadside clinics can accurately test for tuberculosis.


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Finding Injury

By | September 1, 2012

The brain’s phagocytes follow an ATP bread trail laid down by calcium waves to the site of damage.


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Flu Fights Dirty

By | September 1, 2012

Mimicking a host-cell histone protein offers flu a sneaky tactic to suppress immune response.

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Down and Dirty

By | September 1, 2012

Diverse plant communities create a disease-fighting "soil genotype."


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Soil Harbors Antibiotic Resistance

By | August 30, 2012

Identical resistance genes in soil and clinical bacteria hint at dangerous genetic arms trade that is aggravating the antibiotic-resistance crisis.


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