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The Brain on Anesthetics

By | November 5, 2012

Recording brain activity as patients are anesthetized for surgery, researchers identify a pattern that may signal loss of consciousness.  

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Gingers More Prone to Skin Cancer

By | November 2, 2012

Researchers identify an unexpected molecular explanation for the higher incidence of skin cancer in redheads.


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By | November 1, 2012

Meet some of the people featured in the November 2012 issue of The Scientist.


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Omega-3s: Fishing for a Mechanism

By | November 1, 2012

Despite abundant evidence supporting their ability to help prevent and treat cardiovascular disease, the therapeutic effectiveness of fish oil–derived fatty acids remains controversial.


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The Road Less Traveled

By | November 1, 2012

First, Aravinda Chakravarti drew a map of how scientists might unravel the genetics of complex disease. Then he blazed the trail.


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Tumor Snipers

By | November 1, 2012

After two headline successes, companies rush to develop “smart bomb” cancer drugs.


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Long and Rocky Roads

By | November 1, 2012

From basic research to beneficial therapies


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Metabolomics Sheds Light on TB Drug

By | November 1, 2012

Understanding the mechanism of a classic tuberculosis treatment could refine future strategies for TB drug development.

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A Window into Cancer

By | October 31, 2012

Researchers implant a glass pane in the abdominal walls of living mice to watch cancer cells metastasize to the liver.


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Viruses Affect Cell Reprogramming

By | October 25, 2012

Viral vectors used to carry transcription factors that de-differentiate cells into a stem-cell-like state are themselves a key factor in efficient reprogramming.


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