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MicroRNAs Repair Heart Cells

By Sabrina Richards | December 5, 2012

Researchers identify microRNAs that keep cardiac cells healthy after heart attack, potentially paving the way for future heart regenerating therapies.

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New Mental Health Manual

By Beth Marie Mole | December 5, 2012

Amid controversy, the American Psychiatric Association has approved the fifth edition of its guidebook on mental disorders.

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Special Review for H5N1 Grants?

By Jef Akst | December 4, 2012

The National Institutes of Health reveals a controversial plan to regulate the funding of H5N1 research.


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Should Human Genes be Patented?

By Edyta Zielinska | December 3, 2012

The Supreme Court agrees to hear a case deciding if two cancer genes should continue to be protected by patent.


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Stem Cells from Blood

By Beth Marie Mole | December 3, 2012

Researchers develop a practical technique for deriving stem cells from routine blood samples.  


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An Epi Phenomenon

By Karen Hopkin | December 1, 2012

While exploring the genetics of a rare type of tumor, Stephen Baylin discovered an epigenetic modification that occurs in most every cancer—a finding he’s helping bring to the clinic.


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By Beth Marie Mole | December 1, 2012

Meet some of the people featured in the December 2012 issue of The Scientist.


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In the Long Run

By Mary Beth Aberlin | December 1, 2012

Can emulating our early human ancestors make us healthier?

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Waking Cancer Cells

By Beth Marie Mole | December 1, 2012

A protein called Coco rouses dormant breast cancer cells in the lung.


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Can Worms Alleviate Autism?

By Sabrina Richards | November 27, 2012

Autism researchers are testing the ability of whipworm eggs to treat autism in a new clinical trial.


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