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Antibiotic Assistants

By Ruth Williams | March 9, 2016

Scientists discover compounds that restore antibiotic efficacy against drug-resistant superbugs.  

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Zika Infects Neural Progenitors

By Ruth Williams | March 4, 2016

Scientists provide a potential biological link between Zika virus infection and microcephaly.

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Can Talc Cause Cancer?

By Kerry Grens | March 2, 2016

A jury recently awarded $72 million in a talcum-powder–ovarian cancer case, but the data linking the hygiene product to disease risk are inconclusive.

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Mutations Not Tied to Metastasis

By Kerry Grens | February 25, 2016

Clinical cases link immune changes to a cancer’s spread through the body, but find no role for so-called “driver” mutations.

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Neanderthals’ Genetic Legacy

By Ruth Williams | February 11, 2016

Ancient DNA in the genomes of modern humans influences a range of physiological traits.

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Turning Tumor Cells Against Cancer

By Anna Azvolinsky | February 8, 2016

In mice, cancer cells genetically modified to express an anticancer cytokine home to tumors and can reduce their growth. 

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Aging Shrinks Chromosomes

By Ruth Williams | February 5, 2016

A study on human cells reveals how cellular aging affects the 3-D architecture of chromosomes.

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Schizophrenia and the Synapse

By Ruth Williams | January 27, 2016

Genetic evidence suggests that overactive synaptic pruning drives development of schizophrenia.

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Second Contagious Cancer Found in Tasmanian Devils

By Anna Azvolinsky | December 29, 2015

A second fatal, transmissible cancer has been identified in the already endangered species.  

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Year in Review: Hot Topics

By Jef Akst | December 21, 2015

In 2015, The Scientist dove deep into the latest research on aging, HIV, hearing, and obesity.

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