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Making the Gradient

By | May 25, 2011

Ron Kaback didn’t believe that electrochemical gradients could power the transport of sugars and amino acids across cell membranes—until he proved that they do.

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Andrew Carter: Dynein Trailblazer

By | May 25, 2011

Group Leader, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Medical Research Council. Age: 36

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Medical Posters, circa 1920

By | May 25, 2011

William Helfand began buying medically themed collectibles in the 1950s when he started working for Merck & Co. 

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How zebrafish regrow limbs

By | May 19, 2011

Because of their ability to differentiate into any cell type, stem cells have been thought to play an important role in limb regeneration processes. 

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Pathogens linked to Parkinson's

By | May 19, 2011

Although pathogens have long been suspected to play a role in the neurodegeneration of Parkinson's and related diseases (see our December 2010 feature), very little is understood about the mechanics of the process. 

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Opinion: Progress toward an HIV/AIDS vaccine

By | May 14, 2011

Recent successes and ongoing efforts to develop a successful vaccine

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Tylenol tied to blood cancer

By | May 14, 2011

Chronic users of acetaminophen (Tylenol) have a higher risk of developing blood cancer, according to a study published this week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Gays have higher cancer risk?

By | May 14, 2011

Gay men are nearly twice as likely to report that they've had cancer as heterosexual men, according to a US health survey published in Cancer.

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Lung stem cells -- for real?

By | May 14, 2011

There's good, stem cell-related news for another organ this week -- the lung. Researchers say they have found lung stem cells, which may hold therapeutic value for repairing damaged respiratory tissue, according to a study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

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Stem cells may mend liver damage

By | May 14, 2011

Researchers have found a way to reprogram cells from mouse tails to behave like mature liver cells, which appear to be able to repair damaged livers.

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