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Architecture Reveals Genome’s Secrets

By Sabrina Richards | November 25, 2012

Three-dimensional genome maps are leading to a deeper understanding of how the genome’s form influences its function.


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Nose Cells Help Paralyzed Dogs

By Jef Akst | November 20, 2012

A transplant of cells from the lining of the nose helps dogs with spinal injuries walk again.

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A Root Cause of Parkinson’s

By Ruth Williams | November 15, 2012

Misfolded α-synuclein proteins promote the spread of Parkinson’s pathology in mouse brains.

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Next Generation: Ear-Powered Batteries

By Sabrina Richards | November 11, 2012

Researchers use the electric potential of a guinea pig’s inner ear to harvest enough energy to run a tiny sensor.

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Setback for Malaria Vaccine

By Edyta Zielinska | November 9, 2012

The malaria vaccine under development by GSK and the PATH initiative only protects about one in three babies, though some researchers say those odds are better than nothing.


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Epigenetics Armed German E. coli

By Jef Akst | November 9, 2012

The 2011 outbreak in Germany that caused some 50 deaths was caused by a strain of E. coli with a complex mechanism of gene regulation.


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How Mole Rats Fight Cancer

By Edyta Zielinska | November 6, 2012

Blind mole rats resist cancer by killing cells that proliferate in a similar way to tumor cells.


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The Brain on Anesthetics

By Beth Marie Mole | November 5, 2012

Recording brain activity as patients are anesthetized for surgery, researchers identify a pattern that may signal loss of consciousness.  

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Gingers More Prone to Skin Cancer

By Jef Akst | November 2, 2012

Researchers identify an unexpected molecular explanation for the higher incidence of skin cancer in redheads.


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By Beth Marie Mole | November 1, 2012

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


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