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Leptin’s Effects

By | June 2, 2014

The hormone leptin, which signals fullness to animals, acts not only through neurons but through glia, too.

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By | June 1, 2014

Meet some of the people featured in the June 2014 issue of The Scientist


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Digesting Dietary Data

By | June 1, 2014

Why are there so many contradictory nutrition studies, and how can they be improved?


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Nutrient-Sensing Neurons

By | June 1, 2014

Using just three dopaminergic neurons, Drosophila larvae can sense whether a food source lacks a full roster of essential amino acids.

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Tactical Maneuvers

By | June 1, 2014

Scientists are creating viruses that naturally home in on tumor cells while simultaneously boosting the body’s immune system to fight cancer.


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Targeting Tumors with Viruses

By | June 1, 2014

Stephanie Swift discusses the strategy of fighting cancer with viruses.


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Kavli Congrats

By | May 30, 2014

A nonet of scientists, including researchers in nano-optics and in the neuroscience of memory, earned the 2014 Kavli prizes.


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Combating Coronaviruses

By | May 29, 2014

Scientists discover a molecule that defeats MERS and other coronaviruses in human cells.


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The Obesity Burden

By | May 29, 2014

A global study of obesity reveals that an increasing number of people around the world are overweight.


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Brains vs. Biceps?

By | May 29, 2014

Early humans may have made an evolutionary tradeoff, giving up muscular strength to fuel bigger brains.

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