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Bacteria Kamikazes

By | August 16, 2011

Researchers design a synthetic bacterium that kills the infectious microbe Pseudomonas aeruginosa, sacrificing itself in the process.

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How Caffeine Fights Cancer

By | August 15, 2011

Caffeinated drinks may help prevent skin cancer by inhibiting a DNA repair pathway, thus killing potentially precancerous cells.

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Designing Worm Proteins

By | August 15, 2011

For the first time, researchers have engineered a multicellular organism that incorporates a synthetic amino acid into its proteins.

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Cancer Researcher Fabricated Data

By | August 11, 2011

Sheng Wang leaves the Boston University School of Medicine and agrees to retract two published studies.

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Baruj Benacerraf Dies

By | August 3, 2011

The Nobel Prize winner who discovered the gene that encodes the major histocompatibility complex passes away at age 90.

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Hungry Neurons = Hungry Person

By | August 2, 2011

Starving brain cells can stimulate hunger through a common cannibalistic act, possibly explaining why some dieters can’t resist temptation.

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Helpful Bacterial Metabolites

By | August 1, 2011

While gut microbiota appear to have both positive and negative impacts on our  health, in the guts of healthy, lean individuals, the good outweighs the bad.  

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Harmful Bacterial Metabolites

By | August 1, 2011

Gut bacteria that feed on healthy food appear to amplify the nutritional benefits of those foods. However, they also appear to amplify the undesirable effects of unhealthy food. 

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The Right Sort

By | August 1, 2011

Using the strongest molecular binding partnership in biology to separate different cell types.

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The Right Sort

By | August 1, 2011

Isolating specific cell types from a mass of plant or animal tissue is laborious and tricky. 

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