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Island Disease

By | August 1, 2012

People living on islands in the Norwegian Sea suffer from an unusually high rate of certain genetic diseases and health issues, making the population ripe for research.

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Painting the Protein Atomic, 1961

By | August 1, 2012

Irving Geis’s revolutionary painting of sperm whale myoglobin illuminated the nascent field of protein structure.

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Replacement Parts

By | August 1, 2012

To cope with a growing shortage of hearts, livers, and lungs suitable for transplant, some scientists are genetically engineering pigs, while others are growing organs in the lab.

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The Mechanical Body

By | July 26, 2012

“The body is a fascinating machine,” says Sandra Shefelbine, a biomechanics expert at Imperial College, London, in this 3-minute educational video by the Wellcome Trust illustrating the principles of muscle movement. “And we don’t understand most of

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Tissue on Chips Galore

By | July 26, 2012

The National Institutes of Health will fund 17 projects developing lab-on-a-chip applications to improve drug screening.

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Cancer Drug Flushes Out HIV

By | July 26, 2012

An approved cancer therapeutic makes hiding HIV susceptible to antiviral therapy.

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Modeling the Cell

By | July 23, 2012

The first full computer model of a single-celled organism mimics the bacterium’s behaviors and paves the way to more complete disease models.

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One Million Genomic Datasets

By | July 23, 2012

Publicly accessible databases now store nearly 1 million gene-expression datasets, giving researchers a robust resource for discovery.

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Microbial Perfume

By | July 23, 2012

Rather than rely on plant-derived products, biotech companies are engineering bacteria and yeast to produce ingredients for fragrances.

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Mosquito Gut Bacteria to Fight Malaria

By | July 17, 2012

Researchers engineer a member of the insect's intestinal flora to help thwart the malaria parasite before it can infect new hosts.

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