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The Science of Stretch

By | May 1, 2013

The study of connective tissue is shedding light on pain and providing new explanations for alternative medicine.

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Teenage Drug Hunter

By | March 1, 2013

An Oregon teenager spent a summer in a New York biochemistry lab helping to discover a novel molecule that could become the next commercial nonaddictive painkiller.

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Rats Get Placebo Effect

By | November 28, 2012

Rodents experience placebo-induced pain relief, providing a new model with which to investigate the phenomenon.

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Personality Predicts Placebo Effect

By | November 16, 2012

People with certain personality traits are more likely to get pain relief from a placebo, a finding that could help improve clinical trials.

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Surviving Acidity

By | September 25, 2012

A new study reveals clues to the naked mole-rat’s ability to thrive in underground environments with high levels of carbon dioxide.

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Measuring Rabbit Pain

By | September 10, 2012

Researchers develop a scale for rabbits, akin to the grimace scale used for laboratory mice, to help assess pain during routine lab procedures.

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Pleasant to the Touch

By | September 1, 2012

Scientists hope an understanding of nerve fibers responsive only to gentle touch will give insight into the role the sense plays in social bonding.

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The Little Cell That Could

By | July 1, 2012

Critics point out that cell therapy has yet to top existing treatments. Biotech companies are setting out to change that—and prove that the technology can revolutionize medicine.

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Avant-Garde Science

By | June 1, 2012

Why naked mole-rats and experimental gene therapies remind me of groundbreaking artists.

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June 1, 2012

Meet some of the people featured in the June 2012 issue of The Scientist.

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