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Speaking of Science

By The Scientist Staff | October 1, 2013

October 2013's selection of notable quotes

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Trouble in the Heartland

By Jef Akst | October 1, 2013

A new tick-borne disease has emerged in the US Midwest—and the culprit is not a bacterium. 

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Week in Review: September 23–27

By Tracy Vence | September 27, 2013

Antibiotic cycling makes a comeback in the lab; how life scientists can learn from astronauts; napping to conquer fears; deconstructing the cancer R&D crisis

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Giving Antibiotic Cycling Another Shot

By Tracy Vence | September 25, 2013

Switching up the drugs used to treat bacterial infections could help clinicians battle both illness and resistance at the same time.

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Natural Opioids Linked to Chronic Pain

By Jef Akst | September 19, 2013

The body’s own pain-quelling system may be at the root of chronic pain and symptoms of opioid withdrawal, according to a new study in mice.

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Focus on the Host

By Tracy Vence | September 18, 2013

A patient response-based gene expression signature can distinguish respiratory infections caused by viruses from those of bacterial or fungal origin.

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The Price of DNA IDs

By Jef Akst | September 16, 2013

Following natural disasters or violent political turmoil, DNA science can help identify victims. But what if a country can’t afford the technology?

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CDC Charts Antibiotic Resistance Threat

By Tracy Vence | September 16, 2013

The agency estimates that at least 23,000 people in the U.S. die each year as a result of antibiotic-resistant infections. 

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Golden Goose Awards Given Again

By Erin Weeks | September 12, 2013

Researchers behind high-impact studies that at first seemed obscure are honored in another round of prizes.

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Obesity via Microbe Transplants

By Ed Yong | September 5, 2013

Germ-free mice gain weight when transplanted with gut microbes from obese humans, in a diet-dependent manner.

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