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Week in Review: August 12–16

By | August 16, 2013

Engineered immune cells attack tumors; a mouth microbe that can cause cancer; HIV may heighten cocaine’s high; craving high-fat foods

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Ancient Mammalian Fossil Found

By | August 16, 2013

The chipmunk-sized Rugosodon eurasiaticus is the oldest representative of a prolific and long-lasting mammalian lineage.

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New Carnivorous Mammal Discovered

By | August 15, 2013

The olinguito, misidentified by zookeepers and museum curators for nearly a century, is the first new carnivorous mammal discovered in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years.

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Mutation Patterns Underlie Cancers

By | August 15, 2013

More than 20 genome-wide mutational “signatures” account for the vast majority of 30 common cancers.

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“Safe” Sugar Levels Harm Mice

By | August 15, 2013

A high-sugar diet comparable to that consumed by up to a quarter of Americans renders mice less able to compete for territory and reproduce.

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Autism Masculinizes Female Brain

By | August 15, 2013

Comparative imaging reveals that the brains of women with autism differ from those of women without it in the same ways that the brains of non-autistic men and women differ.

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Engineered Hearts Beat

By | August 15, 2013

Human stem cells take up residence in mouse hearts stripped of their own components, restoring some of the organs’ function.

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Mediterranean Diet Reduces Genetic Stroke Risk

By | August 14, 2013

Researchers show that the Mediterranean diet may counteract the increased risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in people with a certain genetic variant.

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Signs of Consciousness in Dying Brains

By | August 13, 2013

A brief burst of brain activity with the neural signatures of consciousness follows cardiac arrest in rats. 

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Heat Waves May Promote IBD Flares

By | August 13, 2013

Higher temperatures are associated with an uptick in inflammatory bowel disease-related hospital admissions.

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