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Games for Science

By The Scientist Staff | January 1, 2013

Scientists are using video games to tap the collective intelligence of people around the world, while doctors and educators are turning to games to treat and teach.

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Omega-3s: Fishing for a Mechanism

By Ethan J. Anderson and David A. Taylor | November 1, 2012

Despite abundant evidence supporting their ability to help prevent and treat cardiovascular disease, the therapeutic effectiveness of fish oil–derived fatty acids remains controversial.

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Pleasant to the Touch

By Sabrina Richards | September 1, 2012

Scientists hope an understanding of nerve fibers responsive only to gentle touch will give insight into the role the sense plays in social bonding.

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Replacement Parts

By Ed Yong | August 1, 2012

To cope with a growing shortage of hearts, livers, and lungs suitable for transplant, some scientists are genetically engineering pigs, while others are growing organs in the lab.

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Targeting DNA

By Jef Akst | June 1, 2012

After 20 years of high-profile failure, gene therapy is finally well on its way to clinical approval.

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Underground Supermodels

By Thomas J. Park and Rochelle Buffenstein | June 1, 2012

What can a twentysomething naked mole-rat tell us about fighting pain, cancer, and aging?

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Data Diving

By Kerry Grens | May 1, 2012

What lies untapped beneath the surface of published clinical trial analyses could rock the world of independent review.

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Freezing Time

By Vern L. Schramm | May 1, 2012

Targeting the briefest moment in chemistry may lead to an exceptionally strong new class of drugs.

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Telomeres in Disease

By Rodrigo Calado and Neal Young | May 1, 2012

Telomeres have been linked to numerous diseases over the years, but how exactly short telomeres cause diseases and how medicine can prevent telomere erosion are still up for debate.

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Are Cancer Stem Cells Ready for Prime Time?

By Suling Liu, Hasan Korkaya, and Max S. Wicha | April 1, 2012

A flood of new discoveries has refined our definition of cancer stem cells. Now it’s up to human clinical trials to test if they can make a difference in patients.

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