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The Body’s Ecosystem

By The Scientist Staff | August 1, 2014

Research on the human microbiome is booming, and scientists have moved from simply taking stock of gut flora to understanding the influence of microbes throughout the body.


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Tactical Maneuvers

By Stephanie Swift | June 1, 2014

Scientists are creating viruses that naturally home in on tumor cells while simultaneously boosting the body’s immune system to fight cancer.


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Overcoming Resistance

By The Scientist Staff | April 1, 2014

In the face of bacterial threats that can evade modern medicines, researchers are trying every trick in the book to develop new, effective antibiotics.


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Pain and Progress

By Kerry Grens | February 1, 2014

Is it possible to make a nonaddictive opioid painkiller?

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Syphilis: Then and Now

By Kristin N Harper, Molly K. Zuckerman, and George J. Armelagos | February 1, 2014

Researchers are zeroing in on the origin of syphilis and related diseases, which continue to plague the human population some 500 years after the first documented case.


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The Psychiatrist’s Jigsaw

By Megan Scudellari | November 1, 2013

Researchers are piecing together the devilishly complex sets of genetic alterations underlying schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.


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Tuning the Brain

By Andres Lozano | October 28, 2013

Deep-brain stimulation is allowing neurosurgeons to adjust the neural activity in specific brain regions to treat thousands of patients with myriad neurological disorders.


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Smell and the Degenerating Brain

By Richard L. Doty | October 1, 2013

An impaired sense of smell is one of the earliest symptoms of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and some other neurodegenerative diseases. Could it be a useful diagnostic tool?


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Going Viral

By Breeann Kirby and Jeremy J. Barr | September 1, 2013

From therapeutics to gene transfer, bacteriophages offer a sustainable and powerful method of controlling microbes.


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Worried Sick

By Megan Scudellari | July 1, 2013

Expectations can make you ill. Fear can make you fragile. Understanding the nocebo effect may help prevent this painful phenomenon.


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