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Live Wires

By Mohamed Y. El-Naggar and Steven E. Finkel | May 1, 2013

Discoveries of microbial communities that transfer electrons between cells and across relatively long distances are launching a new field of microbiology.


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The Science of Stretch

By Helene M. Langevin | May 1, 2013

The study of connective tissue is shedding light on pain and providing new explanations for alternative medicine.


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Why So Soon?

By Bob Grant | May 1, 2013

Researchers are using modern experimental tools to probe the mysterious molecular pathways that lead to premature labor and birth.


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After Chemo

By Ellen A. Walker | April 1, 2013

Research into how the brain suffers as a result of chemotherapy is revealing potential avenues for ameliorating cognitive decline.

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Best Places to Work Postdocs 2013

By The Scientist Staff | April 1, 2013

This year’s survey concludes more than a decade of highlighting the institutions that treat postdoctoral researchers as valued members of the scientific community.


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Models of Transparency

By Joan K. Heath, David Langenau, Kirsten C. Sadler, and Richard White | April 1, 2013

Researchers are taking advantage of small, transparent zebrafish embryos and larvae—and a special strain of see-through adults—to understand the development and spread of cancer.


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Bedeviled by Dengue

By Beth Marie Mole | March 1, 2013

The global spread of dengue virus has immunologists and public-health experts debating the best way to curb infection.


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Do-It-Yourself Medicine

By Jef Akst | March 1, 2013

Patients are sidestepping clinical research and using themselves as guinea pigs to test new treatments for fatal diseases. Will they hurt themselves, or science?


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Instant Messaging

By Savraj S. Grewal | March 1, 2013

During development, communication between organs determines their relative final size.


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Catching the Cold

By Fred Adler | February 1, 2013

Tracking the genetic diversity and evolution of rhinoviruses can lead to a better understanding of viral evolution, the common cold, and more dangerous infections.


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