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Opening a Can of Worms

By Bob Grant | February 1, 2011

A father’s determination to help his son resulted in an experimental treatment for autism that uses roundworms to modulate inflammatory immune responses. Can the worms be used to treat other diseases?

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The Worm Crew

By Bob Grant | February 1, 2011

Meet the people behind studies that use nematodes to treat inflammatory diseases. 

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Alternative Agriculture

By Vanessa Schipani | February 1, 2011

The debate over genetically engineered crops rages on, but other technologies offer new hope for sustainable farming.

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Face to Face with the Emotional Brain

By Ahmad R. Hariri & Paul J. Whalen | February 1, 2011

Amygdala responses to the facial signals of others predict both normal and abnormal emotional states. An understanding of the brain chemistry underlying these responses will lead to new strategies for treating and predicting psychopathology.

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Parasites Unite!

By Cristina Luiggi | February 1, 2011

Gabriele Sorci discusses how invaders can band together to more effectively infect hosts.

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Death or Damage of Dopamine Neurons

By Bobby Thomas and M. Flint Beal | February 1, 2011

The hallmark pathology of Parkinson’s disease is the damage and death of dopamine producing neurons in the brain. 

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The Genes of Parkinson’s Disease

By Bobby Thomas and M. Flint Beal | February 1, 2011

The minority of Parkinson’s cases now known to have genetic origins are shedding light on the cellular mechanisms of all the rest, bringing researchers closer to a cause—and perhaps a cure.

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Down but Not Out

By Richard P. Grant | February 1, 2011

Cells on standby are surprisingly busy.

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Jaume and the Giant Genome

By Daniel Grushkin | February 1, 2011

A newly minted PhD finds a 150-billion-base-pair-long DNA molecule in a plant.

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Puzzle Me This

By Graeme Stemp-Morlock | 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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