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Immune to Failure

By Karen Hopkin | February 1, 2013

With dogged persistence and an unwillingness to entertain defeat, Bruce Beutler discovered a receptor that powers the innate immune response to infections—and earned his share of a Nobel Prize.

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Catching the Cold

By Fred Adler | February 1, 2013

Tracking the genetic diversity and evolution of rhinoviruses can lead to a better understanding of viral evolution, the common cold, and more dangerous infections.

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Opinion: An Explosion of Devices

By Stephen C. Schimpff | January 28, 2013

From cardiovascular problems to neurological disorders, a plethora of new medical devices are reducing the need for surgery and improving the quality and safety of healthcare.

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Stem Cells Not Rejected

By Dan Cossins | January 25, 2013

Researchers uncover more evidence that reprogrammed stem cells are not attacked by the immune system, suggesting they may one day serve as effective therapies.

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Non-coding Mutations May Drive Cancer

By Dan Cossins | January 24, 2013

The majority of human melanomas contain mutations in a gene promoter, suggesting mutations in regulatory regions may spur some cancers.

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Bird Flu Research to Resume

By Dan Cossins | January 24, 2013

After a year-long voluntary moratorium to discuss regulations and safety measures, scientists are set to resume controversial H5N1 research.

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Cancer Diet Shared by Healthy Cells

By Beth Marie Mole | January 23, 2013

Tumor cells rapidly divide by usurping a metabolic trick from normal cell development.

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Some Insurers Protected by GINA

By Edyta Zielinska | January 23, 2013

Long-term, life, and disability insurers may still be able to deny coverage to patients with a genetic disease, under current nondiscrimination legislation.

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First Recombinant Flu Vaccine

By Beth Marie Mole | January 21, 2013

The US Food and Drug Administration approves the first flu vaccine made from recombinant proteins rather than a weakened virus.

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Dung Defeats Drugs

By Beth Marie Mole | January 18, 2013

Fecal transplants outcompeted traditional antibiotics at curing a deadly intestinal infection.

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