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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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Microbial Awakening

By | November 1, 2012

Successive awakening of soil microbes drives a huge pulse of CO2 following the first rain after a dry summer.

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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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Bacterial Cocktail Treats Infection

By | October 29, 2012

Mice fed a mix of six strains of bacteria were able to fight a C. difficile infection that causes deadly diarrhea and is resistant to most types of treatment.


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Electrical Bacteria

By | October 25, 2012

Individuals of a newly discovered microbe species line up end-to-end to form electron transport cables many times their length.


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