Jef Akst

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Mouse experiments indicate that, contrary to observations in pregnant women, reactive oxygen species contribute to normal placental development.

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Zika's Economic Burden

By Jef Akst | May 11, 2017

A new analysis estimates that the viral disease could cost between $183 million and more than $10 billion in the U.S. alone. 

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Second-Ever ALS Drug Approved

By Jef Akst | May 8, 2017

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients in the U.S. now have an option besides riluzole, which was approved by the FDA more than two decades ago and only extends life by two or three months.

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Sex Differences in Human Gene Expression

By Jef Akst | May 4, 2017

Researchers uncover thousands of genes whose activity varies between men and women.

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Rare T Cells Fight Cancer

By Jef Akst | May 1, 2017

A new approach to immunotherapy finds that the immune-cell clonotypes that come to the rescue start out at very low frequencies.

The giant lizards have numerous microbicidal compounds in their blood.

From fish harvests to cottonwood forests, organisms display evidence that species change can occur on timescales that can influence ecological processes.

Guppies transplanted between different communities in Trinidadian streams evolved in response to changes in predation threat in just a few generations.

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Upgraded Photoswitch for Vision Repair

By Jef Akst | April 13, 2017

Researchers improve on a technique to use a light-stimulated small molecule to confer longer-term photosensitivity to the retinal cells of blind mice.

Aerial survey results reveal severe coral bleaching across much of the massive reef system.

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