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Toxin from a Dangerous Fish Delicacy

By Kerry Grens | January 1, 2018

In tiny doses, the pufferfish’s tetrodotoxin can be turned into a pain-relieving ion channel blocker.

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Snake Venoms Cause and Block Pain

By Kerry Grens | January 1, 2018

Painful snake bites may hold clues to developing analgesic drugs.

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Neuroscientist and Champion of Glia Research Dies

By Kerry Grens | December 28, 2017

Ben Barres of Stanford University described glia’s roles in ensuring neurons’ proper synapse formation and in responding to brain injury.

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Photos of the Year

By Katarina Zimmer | December 25, 2017

From a plastic-munching coral to see-through frogs, here are The Scientist’s favorite images from 2017.

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Hibernating Rodents Feel Less Cold

By Abby Olena | December 19, 2017

Syrian hamsters and thirteen-lined ground squirrels are tolerant of chilly temperatures, thanks to amino acid changes in a cold-responsive ion channel. 

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Upping a gene’s expression in rat brains made them better learners and normalized the activity of hundreds of other genes to resemble the brains of younger animals.

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Urine Test for TB Yields Results in 12 Hours

By Jef Akst | December 14, 2017

The new test could improve upon two current methods to diagnose tuberculosis—a skin test or culturing bacteria from saliva, both of which take days.

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Medical Labs Sue US Government Over Medicare Fees

By Kerry Grens | December 12, 2017

The American Clinical Laboratory Association claims that scheduled reimbursements for tests are too low and could put small companies out of business.

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Single-cell genome analyses reveal the amount of mutations a human brain cell will collect from its fetal beginnings until death.

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Antiviral Immunotherapy Comes of Age

By Lucas Laursen | December 4, 2017

T-cell therapies are not just for cancer. Researchers are also advancing immunotherapy methods to protect bone marrow transplant patients from viral infections. 

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