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Speaking of Science

By | March 1, 2012

March 2012's selection of notable quotes

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Suspected Effects of Vitamin D

By | March 1, 2012

Vitamin D has a variety of actions in the body. It binds to the vitamin D receptor (VDR), which then binds to the retinoid X receptor (RXR) and activates the expression of numerous genes. 

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T-Bee

By | March 1, 2012

Two researchers are trying to train bees to sniff out tuberculosis.

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The Joint Collector

By | March 1, 2012

Forget stamps: one bioengineer amasses broken artificial joints to learn why they failed and how to build better ones.

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Tricky Trials

By | March 1, 2012

Studies on safety, efficacy, or dosing of drugs in children, or on nutritional supplements, are not run-of-the-mill.

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Child-Proofing Drugs

By | March 1, 2012

When children need medications, getting the dosing and method of administration right is like trying to hit a moving target with an untried weapon.

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The Specter of Denialism

By | March 1, 2012

Conspiracy theories surrounding the global HIV/AIDS epidemic have cost thousands of lives. But science is fighting back.

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Vitamin D on Trial

By | March 1, 2012

Prevention trials for vitamins and supplements are notoriously difficult, but some researchers aren’t giving up on finding proof that vitamin D helps ward off disease.

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Influenza Found in Bats

By | February 28, 2012

A new subtype of the flu virus is identified in Guatemalan yellow-shouldered bats, and the virus may share its genes with the human version.

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Chemo for Stroke?

By | February 27, 2012

A chemotherapy medication designed to kill cancer may prevent neuronal death after stroke, according to a study in mice.

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