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Long and Rocky Roads

By | November 1, 2012

From basic research to beneficial therapies

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Bacterial Cocktail Treats Infection

By | October 29, 2012

Mice fed a mix of six strains of bacteria were able to fight a C. difficile infection that causes deadly diarrhea and is resistant to most types of treatment.

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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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Ancient Viruses Wreak New Havoc

By | October 24, 2012

Viral DNA in mice genomes may lead to cancer in immune-compromised animals.

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Discredited Stem Cell Researcher Fired

By | October 23, 2012

The researcher who falsely claimed to treat human patients with their own stem cells is dismissed, but insists that he did perform the procedure on one patient.

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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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Biologist Ruffles Feathers on Facebook

By | October 19, 2012

The blogosphere voices widespread condemnation for a sexist comment made by a researcher attending this week’s annual Society for Neuroscience conference.

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New Culprit for Parkinson’s?

By | October 17, 2012

Scientists use human stem cells to show that nuclear defects may play a role in Parkinson’s disease, and suggest a way to reverse the problem.

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Human Stem Cell Trial Questioned

By | October 16, 2012

Research purporting to cure patients with heart disease using induced pluripotent stem cells may be a fraud.

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