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Eggs Trade Genes

By | October 24, 2012

Swapping chromosomes from one human egg to another could eliminate mitochondrial DNA mutations that cause disease.

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Robot Mends Hearts in Britain

By | October 24, 2012

A remote-controlled robot helps British surgeons repair heart defects.

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Cranking Up Biosecurity

By | October 24, 2012

The federal government tightens regulations on SARS and other deadly viruses, but the changes could hamper research.

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Natural-Born Doctors

By | October 23, 2012

Bees, sheep, and chimps are just a few of the animals known to self-medicate. Can they teach us about maintaining our own health?

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Opinion: Think Like Turing

By | October 22, 2012

Biomedical researchers would benefit from emulating the logically rigorous reasoning of the late Alan Turing, British mathematician, computer scientist, and master cryptographer.

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Biologist Ruffles Feathers on Facebook

By | October 19, 2012

The blogosphere voices widespread condemnation for a sexist comment made by a researcher attending this week’s annual Society for Neuroscience conference.

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Sniffing Out TB

By | October 18, 2012

An African rat helps detect tuberculosis in Tanzania, prompting the Mozambique government to pursue a similar project.

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Venter Supports DNA Printers

By | October 17, 2012

The famed geneticist says his team is testing 3-D DNA printers that could churn out vaccines at home.

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Ketamine Encourages Nerve Remodeling

By | October 16, 2012

The commonly abused hallucinogen shows promise in extinguishing fear in rats, pointing to possible benefits for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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A Parasite’s Parasites

By | October 15, 2012

French scientists identify a new giant virus, which carries the genome of a smaller virus and a new breed of mobile DNA.

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