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Scents in a Flash

By | October 1, 2013

The modern technique of optogenetics stimulates the complex act of smelling with a simple flash of light.

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Speaking of Science

By | October 1, 2013

October 2013's selection of notable quotes

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The Leprosy Bacillus, circa 1873

By | October 1, 2013

A scientist’s desperate attempts to prove that Mycobacterium leprae causes leprosy landed him on trial, but his insights into the disease’s pathology were eventually vindicated.

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Trouble in the Heartland

By | October 1, 2013

A new tick-borne disease has emerged in the US Midwest—and the culprit is not a bacterium. 

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Viral in Valencia

By | October 1, 2013

A genetic analysis that tracks the evolution of pathogens helped incriminate a Spanish anesthetist who infected hundreds of patients with hepatitis C.

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Ballet Brain

By | September 30, 2013

The areas corresponding to balance in the brains of trained ballet dancers differ from those of non-dancers.

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Nobel Laureate Dies

By | September 26, 2013

David Hubel, who helped revolutionize the understanding of visual information processing, has passed away at age 87.

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Giving Antibiotic Cycling Another Shot

By | September 25, 2013

Switching up the drugs used to treat bacterial infections could help clinicians battle both illness and resistance at the same time.

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Celebrated Neuroscientist Dies

By | September 23, 2013

Candace Pert, who helped discover opioid receptors, has passed away at age 67.

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Sources of MERS Still Unknown

By | September 23, 2013

As the death toll rises, scientists scour the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus genome for clues as to how it first infected humans.

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