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Bacteria Kamikazes

By | August 16, 2011

Researchers design a synthetic bacterium that kills the infectious microbe Pseudomonas aeruginosa, sacrificing itself in the process.

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How Caffeine Fights Cancer

By | August 15, 2011

Caffeinated drinks may help prevent skin cancer by inhibiting a DNA repair pathway, thus killing potentially precancerous cells.

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Designing Worm Proteins

By | August 15, 2011

For the first time, researchers have engineered a multicellular organism that incorporates a synthetic amino acid into its proteins.

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Cancer Researcher Fabricated Data

By | August 11, 2011

Sheng Wang leaves the Boston University School of Medicine and agrees to retract two published studies.

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Turmoil at Brazilian Research Center

By | August 9, 2011

More than 100 researchers have left a neuroscience institute in Brazil in the last couple of weeks, protesting managerial problems they say are thwarting their work.

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Rats Don't Map Altitude

By | August 8, 2011

Rat neurons only weakly respond as the animals climbed upwards, suggesting the brain's map of the environment doesn't account for altitude.

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How Vampire Bats Find Veins

By | August 4, 2011

Heat-sensing protein channels in vampire bats allow the flying mammals to find the best place to sink their teeth into their prey.

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Baruj Benacerraf Dies

By | August 3, 2011

The Nobel Prize winner who discovered the gene that encodes the major histocompatibility complex passes away at age 90.

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Hungry Neurons = Hungry Person

By | August 2, 2011

Starving brain cells can stimulate hunger through a common cannibalistic act, possibly explaining why some dieters can’t resist temptation.

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Estrogen’s New Role

By | August 2, 2011

The well-studied hormone functions as a neurotransmitter in the brains of zebra finches.

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