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Contact Lenses Can Change the Ocular Microbiome

By | June 1, 2015

A study finds that wearing contact lenses may alter the composition of the bacterial community living on the surface of the eye.

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Cancer-Driving Mutations Common in Normal Skin Cells

By | May 21, 2015

A deep-sequencing analysis reveals that non-malignant skin cells harbor many more cancer-driving mutations than previously expected. 

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Circadian Clock Controls Sugar Metabolism

By | April 17, 2015

The body’s circadian rhythm has more of an effect on glucose tolerance than one’s eating and sleeping patterns, a study shows.  

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Book Excerpt from Galileo’s Middle Finger

By | March 10, 2015

In Chapter 4, “A Show-Me State of Mind,” author Alice Dreger describes the start of her journey studying scientists who had conducted controversial research.

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Stirring the Pot

By | March 1, 2015

How to navigate the slings and arrows of conducting “controversial” research

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Monitoring the Development of Adaptive Immunity

By | February 25, 2015

Sequencing cells from human fetal blood samples, researchers track the development of the adaptive immune system throughout gestation.   

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New NIH IRB Guidelines Proposed

By | December 8, 2014

A draft policy from the US National Institutes of Health suggests that clinical studies performed at multiple sites should be reviewed by a single institutional review board.

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Sugar Substitutes, Gut Bacteria, and Glucose Intolerance

By | September 17, 2014

The consumption of artificial sweeteners results in glucose intolerance mediated by changes in the gut microbiota in both mice and humans, researchers report.

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When the Neanderthals Disappeared

By | August 20, 2014

Analysis of 40 European archaeological sites suggests a gradual extinction of Neanderthals over thousands of years.  

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Markers Distinguish “Good” from “Bad” Fat

By | July 30, 2014

Researchers have identified three fat cell-specific surface markers that distinguish white from brown and beige adipocytes.

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