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The Brain on Anesthetics

By | November 5, 2012

Recording brain activity as patients are anesthetized for surgery, researchers identify a pattern that may signal loss of consciousness.  

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Gingers More Prone to Skin Cancer

By | November 2, 2012

Researchers identify an unexpected molecular explanation for the higher incidence of skin cancer in redheads.


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By | November 1, 2012

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


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Little Fish in a Big Pond

By | November 1, 2012

Continued overfishing of forage fish such as sardines and herring can result in devastating ecological and economic outcomes.

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Microbial Awakening

By | November 1, 2012

Successive awakening of soil microbes drives a huge pulse of CO2 following the first rain after a dry summer.

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Omega-3s: Fishing for a Mechanism

By | November 1, 2012

Despite abundant evidence supporting their ability to help prevent and treat cardiovascular disease, the therapeutic effectiveness of fish oil–derived fatty acids remains controversial.


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The Birthday Conference

By | November 1, 2012

Snapshots from an annual meeting that celebrates the birth of a prominent biologist


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The Road Less Traveled

By | November 1, 2012

First, Aravinda Chakravarti drew a map of how scientists might unravel the genetics of complex disease. Then he blazed the trail.

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Tumor Snipers

By | November 1, 2012

After two headline successes, companies rush to develop “smart bomb” cancer drugs.


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A Celebrated Symposium

By | November 1, 2012

A conference, started 10 years ago partly as a disease ecologist’s birthday party, has become one of the most valued meetings in the field.  


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