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In Chapter 12, "The Opium Fields," author Marc Lewis recounts one night spent in the brain chemistry-bending grip of opium addiction.

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May 1, 2012

Meet some of the people featured in the April 2012 issue of The Scientist.

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Dopamine: Duality of Desire

By | May 1, 2012

Being an ex-drug-addict turned neuroscientist brings a unique insight into the physiological and phenomenological realities of addiction.

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Telomeres in Disease

By | May 1, 2012

Telomeres have been linked to numerous diseases over the years, but how exactly short telomeres cause diseases and how medicine can prevent telomere erosion are still up for debate.

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Building a Better Sheep

By | April 25, 2012

Chinese scientists claim to have cloned a lamb carrying a roundworm gene that aids in the production of polyunsaturated fatty acids.

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An Antidote for Cocaine Overdose?

By | April 19, 2012

A novel antibody with a powerful affinity for cocaine shows promise in reversing the deadly effects of an overdose.

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Forgetting Drug Addiction

By | April 16, 2012

Researchers weaken the memories of drug use in recovering addicts.

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Stem Cell Researcher Fabricates Data

By | April 16, 2012

A scientist who claimed to have injected monkey embryonic stem cells into the eyes of rats to improve their vision accepts the penalty for research misconduct.

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Plant RNA Paper Questioned

By | April 16, 2012

Remarkable findings of ingested plant miRNA in animal liver and blood draw speculation about the study’s validity.

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Identifying Diet-Treatable Diseases

By | April 10, 2012

Scientists test which mutations underlie metabolic diseases that may benefit from changes in diet.

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