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The essence of stem cells

By Cristina Luiggi | June 3, 2011

Researchers discover a protein that may allow already-differentiated somatic cells to become stem cells.

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E. coli epidemic baffles doctors

By Cristina Luiggi | June 3, 2011

A highly virulent strain of E. coli that has already killed two people and infected around 800 (most of whom live or had visited northern Germany) has proved an enigma for epidemiologists. 

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Mapping HIV in the US

By Cristina Luiggi | June 3, 2011

A detailed interactive map shows the distribution of people in the United States who are infected with HIV, Wired reports.

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Cell phones cause cancer?

By Cristina Luiggi | June 3, 2011

A study commissioned by the World Health Organization suggests that electromagnetic fields given off by cell phones may cause brain cancer. 

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Vaccines

By Robin A. Weiss and Peter Hale | June 1, 2011

Looking back, looking ahead

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Shooting Down Addiction

By Thomas Kosten | June 1, 2011

A new breed of vaccines aims to wean users off cocaine.

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Drought-tolerant corn trials underwater

By Bob Grant | May 26, 2011

Agribusiness giant Monsanto is finding out that it's difficult to conduct field trials of drought-resistant corn when it won't stop raining. The company hopes to launch a new line of corn seed that's been genetically engineered to thrive in drough conditions by 2013.

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WHO punts on smallpox

By Bob Grant | May 26, 2011

The World Health Organization is remaining mum on the issue of maintaining laboratory stocks of the smallpox virus, which the US government wants to preserve for the next five years.

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Google, epidemiology tool

By Bob Grant | May 26, 2011

Researchers have found a nifty new use for Google -- the popular search tool may be able to track the spread of the deadly bacterial disease, MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). 

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Your gut online

By Bob Grant | May 26, 2011

Sequences from a US government-funded program to paint a genomic picture of the human gut's complex ecosystem are going public for the first time since the effort started in 2008. Researchers sequenced thousands of samples taken from 300 healthy v

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