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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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The Stuff of Nightmares

By | August 1, 2012

Researchers working in war-torn countries find hints to the molecular roots of posttraumatic stress disorder.

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Bring On the Transparency Index

By | August 1, 2012

Grading journals on how well they share information with readers will help deliver accountability to an industry that often lacks it.

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Predatory Publishing

By | August 1, 2012

Overzealous open-access advocates are creating an exploitative environment, threatening the credibility of scholarly publishing.

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Speaking of Science

By | August 1, 2012

August 2012's selection of notable quotes

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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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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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Opinion: Scientists’ Intuitive Failures

By | July 23, 2012

Much of what researchers believe about the public and effective communication is wrong.

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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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