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Viruses Affect Cell Reprogramming

By | October 25, 2012

Viral vectors used to carry transcription factors that de-differentiate cells into a stem-cell-like state are themselves a key factor in efficient reprogramming.

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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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Genomic Methylation Collector

By | October 22, 2012

A parasitic worm accumulates epigenetic DNA tags over its lifetime.  

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HIV Evolves Vulnerability

By | October 22, 2012

In mutating to evade immune detection, HIV becomes susceptible to detection by different antibodies, suggesting new strategies for vaccination.

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MRSA on the Loose

By | October 22, 2012

Wild animals are getting and spreading the deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria.   

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Searching for Alien Genomes

By | October 22, 2012

J. Craig Venter plans to develop a machine to find and sequence DNA on Mars, but another genomics mogul, Jonathan Rothberg, may beat him to it.

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