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Navel Bugs

By | November 12, 2012

A new study reveals a large mix of microbes in most human belly buttons.  


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Next Generation: Ear-Powered Batteries

By | November 11, 2012

Researchers use the electric potential of a guinea pig’s inner ear to harvest enough energy to run a tiny sensor.

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Setback for Malaria Vaccine

By | November 9, 2012

The malaria vaccine under development by GSK and the PATH initiative only protects about one in three babies, though some researchers say those odds are better than nothing.


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Epigenetics Armed German E. coli

By | November 9, 2012

The 2011 outbreak in Germany that caused some 50 deaths was caused by a strain of E. coli with a complex mechanism of gene regulation.


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Extra Vaccine Halts Mumps Outbreak

By | November 8, 2012

A third dose of the MMR vaccine given during an intense outbreak appears to have provided herd-immunity to control the spread of the disease.

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How Mole Rats Fight Cancer

By | November 6, 2012

Blind mole rats resist cancer by killing cells that proliferate in a similar way to tumor cells.


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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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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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