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The Danger of Vaccine Exemptions

By | August 30, 2012

Are states with less rigorous rules about which children can claim an exception from vaccination in kindergarten putting communities at higher risk of childhood disease?

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Boston to Test Bioterror Sensors

By | August 29, 2012

Federal officials will release harmless bacteria into subway tunnels beneath the Northeastern city to test new sensors designed to detect biological agents.

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Clinical Trial Misfortune

By | August 28, 2012

A human trial of a hepatitis C treatment is shut down after one of the participants died.

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Second Victim of Hantavirus

By | August 28, 2012

Another person has died from the rodent-borne disease after visiting Yosemite National Park.

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Texan West Nile Concerns

By | August 27, 2012

Researchers consider the recent reappearance of West Nile virus in Texas and the efforts to control it.

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Curiouser and Curiouser

By | August 23, 2012

A review of the new book Curious Behavior, which delves into the quirks of human conduct.

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Mothers-In-Law and Menopause

By | August 23, 2012

Competition for resources between mothers- and daughters-in-law having children at the same time could have been a driver for the emergence of menopause.

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Zoo Virus Swap

By | August 17, 2012

A polar bear in a German zoo dies after contracting a virus normally found in zebras.

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Cancer-Causing Gut Bacteria

By | August 17, 2012

Mice with inflammatory bowel disease harbor gut bacteria that damage host DNA, predisposing mice to cancer.

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Do That Again

By | August 15, 2012

A new initiative offers gold stars to researchers willing to have their studies replicated by other labs, but will it fix science’s growing irreproducibility problem?

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