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Speaking of Science

By | April 1, 2015

April 2015's selection of notable quotes

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Focus on Sex

By | December 29, 2014

In 2014, new research findings and guidelines brought increased attention to biological differences between males and females.

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Vanishing Y Chromosomes

By | December 4, 2014

A new study reveals an association between smoking and rates of Y chromosome loss in blood cells, which may explain elevated cancer risk among male smokers.

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Sniff While You Sleep

By | November 14, 2014

Smokers light up less after smelling cigarette smoke together with foul odors during sleep, a study shows.

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AACR Releases Tobacco Report

By | April 7, 2014

Researchers and regulators reflect on the progress that has been made in preventing tobacco-related disease in the 50 years since the publication of the first U.S. Surgeon General’s report. 

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Brain’s Nicotine Center Found

By | November 15, 2013

Researchers pinpoint the interpeduncular nucleus as the home of nicotine withdrawal, suggesting that treatments targeted to region may aid smoking cessation.

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Smoking, Taxes, and Genes

By | December 14, 2012

New research suggests that some smokers may carry a gene variant that makes them less likely to quit simply because cigarette taxes are raised.

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Marlboro Chicks

By | December 5, 2012

Two species of songbirds pack their nests with scavenged cigarette butts that repel irksome parasites.

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Dangers of Second-Generation Smoke

By | November 5, 2012

Nicotine leaves epigenetic marks on the rat genome that make offspring and grand-offspring more prone to asthma.  

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Roundup from Microbiology Meeting

By | June 21, 2012

Some of the interesting stories researchers were discussing at this year’s American Society of Microbiology meeting in San Francisco.

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