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In an essay entitled "Molecular Cut and Paste: The New Generation of Biological Tools," virologist William McEwan envisions a future where viruses are reprogrammed to become the workhorses of science and medicine.

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Charting the Course

By | October 1, 2011

Three gene jockeys share their thoughts on past and future tools of the trade.

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Double Blind

By | October 1, 2011

The mother of disabled twins doggedly pursued the root of her children's illness and found it in their genome profiles.

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Going Viral

By | October 1, 2011

The promise of viruses as biotech tools will help molecular biology fulfill its true potential.

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Nanomedicine

October 1, 2011

At the nanoscale old materials acquire new properties that International Institute for Nanotechnology Director Chad Mirkin thinks will change the way medicine is practiced.

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Saving Rwanda's Gorillas

By | October 1, 2011

In late June 2009, a small group of mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park began to fall ill. One by one, 11 of the dozen apes started exhibiting severe respiratory problems. 

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Gorilla Warfare

By | October 1, 2011

As ecotourism becomes more popular, wild apes are succumbing to human diseases.

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New Tech Boosts Science

By | October 1, 2011

From iPhone apps to cloud computing, everyday digital technologies are helping advance drug discovery, conduct clinical trials, and improve medical care.

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Opinion: Miniaturizing Medicine

By | October 1, 2011

Nanotechnology will offer doctors new ways to diagnose and treat patients, boosting efficiency and slashing costs.

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Swallowing the Surgeon

By | October 1, 2011

In fewer than 15 years, nanomedicine has gone from fantasy to reality.

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