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Island Disease

By | August 1, 2012

People living on islands in the Norwegian Sea suffer from an unusually high rate of certain genetic diseases and health issues, making the population ripe for research.


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Replacement Parts

By | August 1, 2012

To cope with a growing shortage of hearts, livers, and lungs suitable for transplant, some scientists are genetically engineering pigs, while others are growing organs in the lab.


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Tissue on Chips Galore

By | July 26, 2012

The National Institutes of Health will fund 17 projects developing lab-on-a-chip applications to improve drug screening.

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Cancer Drug Flushes Out HIV

By | July 26, 2012

An approved cancer therapeutic makes hiding HIV susceptible to antiviral therapy.

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Modeling the Cell

By | July 23, 2012

The first full computer model of a single-celled organism mimics the bacterium’s behaviors and paves the way to more complete disease models.


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One Million Genomic Datasets

By | July 23, 2012

Publicly accessible databases now store nearly 1 million gene-expression datasets, giving researchers a robust resource for discovery.


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Mosquito Gut Bacteria to Fight Malaria

By | July 17, 2012

Researchers engineer a member of the insect's intestinal flora to help thwart the malaria parasite before it can infect new hosts.


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Early Epigenetic Influence

By | July 16, 2012

Random chance, plus small differences in uterine environments, give rise to divergent epigenetic patterns in identical twins.


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Scorpion Venom Kills MRSA

By | July 12, 2012

Peptides extracted from scorpion venom fights off drug-resistant bacterial infections in mice.


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Natural Alzheimer’s Protection

By | July 11, 2012

Researchers identify a gene variant that reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease.



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