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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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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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Pleasant to the Touch

By | September 1, 2012

Scientists hope an understanding of nerve fibers responsive only to gentle touch will give insight into the role the sense plays in social bonding.

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Opinion: Younger Is Better

By | August 31, 2012

Stem cells collected from younger donors are more effective for transplantation and regenerative medicine than those from older individuals.

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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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Resisting TB

By | August 30, 2012

A study finds that drug-resistant tuberculosis is more prevalent than current estimates suggest.

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The Danger of Vaccine Exemptions

By | August 30, 2012

Are states with less rigorous rules about which children can claim an exception from vaccination in kindergarten putting communities at higher risk of childhood disease?

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Dieting Monkeys Don't Live Longer

By | August 29, 2012

The latest news from a long-term study of calorie restriction in rhesus macaques shows better health, but no boost in lifespan, in monkeys who eat less.

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