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Gene Linked to Pain Insensitivity

By | May 27, 2015

People with a congenital disorder that makes them unable to feel pain have mutations in a histone-modifying gene. 

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Clinical Epidemiology Pioneer Dies

By | May 18, 2015

Evidence-based medicine advocate David Sackett has passed away at age 80.

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Researchers develop a CRISPR-based, two-phage system that sensitizes resistant bacteria to antibiotics and selectively kills any remaining drug-resistant bugs. 

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Diagnosing Sepsis

By | May 14, 2015

An 11-gene set may help identify sepsis early, before it’s too late.

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Liberia Declared Free of Ebola

By | May 12, 2015

After the West African nation goes more than a month with no new reported cases of viral infection, the World Health Organization says the country is Ebola-free.

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Estimating Epigenetic Mutation Rates

By | May 11, 2015

Generation-spanning maps of Arabidopsis thaliana DNA methylation allow researchers to compute how quickly epigenetic marks appear and disappear in the plant’s genome.

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Long-Lived Virus

By | May 8, 2015

New research suggests Ebola can survive on surfaces for days and can be transmitted via semen.

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Restored Sight Fades After Gene Therapy

By | May 5, 2015

Participants of two gene-therapy trials who experienced partial restoration of sight following treatment are now losing their vision once again.

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Outsmarting HIV

By | May 4, 2015

Small molecules that mimic the T-cell surface receptor CD4 could expose the virus to antibody-based immune responses.

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Climate Change Speeds Extinctions

By | May 3, 2015

Species die-offs are expected to accelerate as greenhouse gases accumulate, according to a meta-analysis.

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