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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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Reanimated Chickens and Zombie Dogs

By David Casarett | August 1, 2014

In praise of weird science at the edge of life


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Next Generation: See-through Mice

By Ruth Williams | July 31, 2014

An improved tissue-clearing technique makes whole animals transparent.

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A Blood-based Biomarker for Suicide?

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | July 31, 2014

Epigenetic and genetic changes in the SKA2 gene are correlated with suicidal behaviors, researchers show.


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Abundant, Widespread Virus Discovered

By Jef Akst | July 29, 2014

Scientists identify a bacteriophage that is highly abundant in the gut bacteria of people around the world.


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Week in Review: July 21–25

By Tracy Vence | July 25, 2014

Blood-based Alzheimer’s diagnostics; CRISPR cuts out HIV; Leishmania and the sand fly microbiome; deconstructing the lionfish science fair debacle


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Are Leishmania Protecting their Sand Fly Hosts?

By Ruth Williams | July 23, 2014

The microbial contents of sand fly stomachs may have important consequences for the spread of leishmaniasis.


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Alzheimer’s in the Blood

By Jef Akst | July 23, 2014

Researchers are on a mission to identify blood-borne biomarkers for dementia. Will this year’s high-profile successes pave the way?


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Autism in the Genes

By Jef Akst | July 22, 2014

Researchers determine that heritability outweighs non-genetic risk factors when it comes to the developmental disorder.


image: Flipped Fat-burning Linked to Cancer Cachexia

Flipped Fat-burning Linked to Cancer Cachexia

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | July 22, 2014

Conversion of white fat to brown is associated with muscle atrophy and weight loss in cancer patients.


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