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Viral Protector

By Jef Akst | April 21, 2015

A retrovirus embedded in the human genome may help protect embryos from other viruses, and influence fetal development.

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FDA Calls for Data on ALS Drug

By Jef Akst | April 21, 2015

In the midst of a debate about an experimental drug’s early approval, the US Food and Drug Administration requests that full trial results be released.

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Time Bungles Precision Medicine

By Kerry Grens | April 20, 2015

Personalized pancreatic cancer therapies based on tumor genomics may take too long to prepare to be helpful, according to a small clinical trial.

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Protein Spurs T-Cell Proliferation

By Jef Akst | April 17, 2015

A newly discovered protein promotes immunity to viruses and cancer by triggering the production of cytotoxic T cells.

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Citrus History

By Jenny Rood | April 16, 2015

An analysis of 34 chloroplast genomes reveals how and when modern fruit varieties evolved from a common ancestor.

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Cancer Sequencing Controls

By Ruth Williams | April 15, 2015

Comparing a patient’s tumor DNA sequence with that of her normal tissue can improve researchers’ identification of disease-associated mutations.

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Cannabidiol Quells Seizures

By Jef Akst | April 14, 2015

The marijuana-derived compound shows promise in treating rare forms of epilepsy that cause children to have seizures multiple times a day.

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Why DBS Works for Parkinson’s?

By Jef Akst | April 14, 2015

Deep-brain stimulation may effectively treat slow movement, tremor, and rigidity in Parkinson’s patients by reducing synchronicity of neural activity in the motor cortex.

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Ebola Vaccines Protect Monkeys

By Jef Akst | April 9, 2015

Two new Ebola vaccine candidates prove safe and effective against the virus in macaques, a study shows.

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A Benefit of Failed Pregnancy?

By Ruth Williams | April 9, 2015

Scientists find a common genetic variant in mothers that decreases the chance of successful pregnancy.

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