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Puzzle Me This

By | February 1, 2011

What substance is supposed to have no effect but can make people feel better, has no chance for a big monetary payoff but is worth billions, and is used in virtually every rigorous clinical trial but has no single, universal formulation? 

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Synthetic Spirits

By | January 1, 2011

Can we use science to reduce the harms of alcohol?

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Mining Bacterial Small Molecules

By | January 1, 2011

As much as rainforests or deep-sea vents, the human gut holds rich stores of microbial chemicals that should be mined for their pharmacological potential.

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Human Effects

By | January 1, 2011

Editor's Choice in Ecology

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Basophil Roles

By | January 1, 2011

Editor's choice in Immunology

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Interfering with Cancer

By | January 1, 2011

MicroRNAs may drive the development of leukemia.

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Intestinal Molecular Signaling

By | January 1, 2011

Microbes, both good and bad, can exert direct effects on host cells and vice versa. 

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Brave New Drugs

By | January 1, 2011

Intoxicating ideas for saving a billion lives

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The Coming Health Crisis

By | January 1, 2011

Indirect effects of global climate change threaten the health of hundreds of millions of people. The very uncertainty that shrouds this issue must serve as an organizing principle for adaptation to its ill effects.

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Jeremy Reiter: Hunting for Cilia

By | January 1, 2011

Assistant professor of biochemistry, University of California, San Francisco. Age: 39

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