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May the Force Be with You

By Ning Wang | February 1, 2017

The dissection of how cells sense and propagate physical forces is leading to exciting new tools and discoveries in mechanobiology and mechanomedicine.


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Exploring the Epigenetics of Ethnicity

By Anna Azvolinsky | January 11, 2017

Researchers attempt to estimate how much of the human genome’s methylation patterns can be attributed to genetic ancestry.


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By Ben Andrew Henry | January 1, 2017

Meet some of the people featured in the January 2017 issue of The Scientist.


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Pharma Redo

By The Scientist Staff | January 1, 2017

Steve Braun of Cures Within Reach, a nonprofit focused on breathing new life into old medicines, describes the potential benefits of drug repurposing.

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Oncologists have raised concerns about a mouse study that suggests the vaccine for human papillomavirus could cause brain damage.


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Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Near Approval

By Catherine Offord | December 1, 2016

Successful late-stage clinical trials could mark the maturation of a new drug development platform, but the path to commercialization is not without hurdles.


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More Success Fixing Sickle Cell Gene with CRISPR

By Kerry Grens | November 9, 2016

Researchers say they have sufficient in vitro and animal data to apply for human testing.


Family members with a certain gene variant had unnecessary interventions, highlighting the potential hazards of precision medicine.


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Zika Update

By Jef Akst | October 24, 2016

Virus’s effect on RNA methylation; identifying brain cells targeted by Zika; virus found in vaginal secretions for two weeks after infection; updated CDC recommendations for Miami


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Nixing NETs to Prevent Metastasis

By Ruth Williams | October 19, 2016

Researchers discover that neutrophil extracellular traps help cancers spread, and design enzyme-loaded nanoparticles to destroy them.

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