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Researchers stumbled across the connection while searching for ways to reduce vision problems in people with achromatopsia.

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The devices, which could one day treat children with esophageal atresia and short bowel, were recently tested in pigs.

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Researchers suggest that the receptors can control early labor contractions.

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A Weighty Anomaly

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | November 1, 2015

Why do some obese people actually experience health benefits?

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The Upside

By Amanda B. Keener | September 1, 2015

Researchers explore the benefits of hearing loss and impairment.

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Silence of the Lambs

By Kerry Grens | August 1, 2015

A die-off of newborn lambs in Australia leads to the discovery of a new toxin and clues to a devastating liver disease in children.

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Beneficial Stats

By Aimee Swartz | March 1, 2015

Statisticians who normally crunch numbers to forecast trends in the food-service industry turn their attention to bettering treatment of ALS.

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Centennial Shigella

By Jef Akst | February 1, 2015

A strain of the dysentery-causing bacterium isolated in 1915 tells the story of a young soldier who died of the disease in the early days of World War I.

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Seal Stowaways

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | November 1, 2014

Pathogen traces recovered from Peruvian mummies suggest tuberculosis-causing bacteria rode from Africa to South America in pinnipeds.

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The Devil’s Details

By Jesse Jenkins | November 1, 2014

With the iconic Australian marsupial carnivore on the brink of extinction, Tasmanian researchers race to unlock the immunological mysteries of a disease threatening the species.

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