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Week in Review

By Jef Akst | March 15, 2013

Disgruntled Nobel loser sues; brain trauma researchers search for biomarker of a chronic condition; receptor for novel coronavirus found; the rise of transcriptomics; and ethical oversight of participant-led research

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Novel Virus Entry Portal Found

By Sabrina Richards | March 13, 2013

Researchers identify the target protein of a recently discovered human coronavirus, shedding light on infection and possible interspecies spread.

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Opinion: Unconventional Standards

By Effy Vayena | March 13, 2013

Tailoring ethical oversight to participant-led research

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Networking Medicine

By Jef Akst | March 2, 2013

Although fully organized patient-run trials are still few and far between, patients are taking a more active role in clinical research.

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Do-It-Yourself Medicine

By Jef Akst | March 1, 2013

Patients are sidestepping clinical research and using themselves as guinea pigs to test new treatments for fatal diseases. Will they hurt themselves, or science?

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Stem Cell Trial Nearly Approved

By Jef Akst | February 15, 2013

The first human trial of a treatment using induced pluripotent stem cells has received conditional approval from an institutional review board in Japan.

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Stem Cells: Safe Haven For TB

By Nsikan Akpan | February 5, 2013

Tuberculosis bacteria find shelter from drugs and the body’s defenses in bone marrow stem cells.

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Opinion: Health Booth 2020

By Pushkar N. Kaul | February 4, 2013

Using a SMART card containing your genetic information and medical history, you could one day soon be diagnosed and treated for all kinds of diseases at an ATM-style kiosk.

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A Chill Issue

By Mary Beth Aberlin | February 1, 2013

The very cold, the merely chilled, and the colorful

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Cholera Confusion, circa 1832

By Dan Cossins | February 1, 2013

As cholera first tore through the Europe in the mid-19th century, people tried anything to prevent the deadly disease. Then science stepped in.

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