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Irisin Redeemed

By | August 13, 2015

Researchers who first identified irisin quantitate levels of the hormone in human blood and show it is released during exercise.  


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Fish Oil May Slow Schizophrenia

By | August 13, 2015

Omega-3 supplementation reduced progression rates among people with early-stage symptoms of schizophrenia, according to a small trial.

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Butterflies in Peril

By | August 12, 2015

Several recent studies point to serious—and mysterious—declines in butterfly numbers across the globe.


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Doctor Who Blocked Thalidomide Dies

By | August 11, 2015

Frances Oldham Kelsey, a physician who halted use of a drug that caused birth defects in babies, has passed away at age 101.


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Legionnaires’ Disease Kills Eight in NYC

By | August 6, 2015

New York City reports its eighth victim of Legionnaires’ disease in the past month. Nearly 100 people have been hospitalized.

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Ebola Vax Success

By | August 3, 2015

An experimental vaccine against Ebola virus disease may completely protect people against infection, according to a clinical study in Guinea.


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A Case of Sexual Ambiguity, 1865

By | August 1, 2015

This year marks the 150th anniversary of an autopsy report describing the first known case of a sexual development disorder.


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Book Excerpt from Life on the Edge

By | August 1, 2015

In Chapter 4, “The quantum beat,” authors Johnjoe McFadden and Jim Al-Khalili rethink Newton’s apple from a quantum-biological perspective.


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By | August 1, 2015

Meet some of the people featured in the August 2015 issue of The Scientist.


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Leaving an Imprint

By | August 1, 2015

Among the first to discover epigenetic reprogramming during mammalian development, Wolf Reik has been studying the dynamics of the epigenome for 30 years.

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