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The Genes of Parkinson’s Disease

By Bobby Thomas and M. Flint Beal | February 1, 2011

The minority of Parkinson’s cases now known to have genetic origins are shedding light on the cellular mechanisms of all the rest, bringing researchers closer to a cause—and perhaps a cure.

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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | February 1, 2011

Quirk, Darwin's Armada, The Death & Life of Monterey Bay, Elegance in Science

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Down but Not Out

By Richard P. Grant | February 1, 2011

Cells on standby are surprisingly busy.

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Jaume and the Giant Genome

By Daniel Grushkin | February 1, 2011

A newly minted PhD finds a 150-billion-base-pair-long DNA molecule in a plant.

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Puzzle Me This

By Graeme Stemp-Morlock | February 1, 2011

What substance is supposed to have no effect but can make people feel better, has no chance for a big monetary payoff but is worth billions, and is used in virtually every rigorous clinical trial but has no single, universal formulation? 

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Synthetic Spirits

By David Nutt | January 1, 2011

Can we use science to reduce the harms of alcohol?

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Human Effects

By Richard P. Grant | January 1, 2011

Editor's Choice in Ecology

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Interfering with Cancer

By Katherine Hyde and Paul Liu | January 1, 2011

MicroRNAs may drive the development of leukemia.

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Brave New Drugs

By Sarah Greene | January 1, 2011

Intoxicating ideas for saving a billion lives

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The Coming Health Crisis

By Samuel S. Myers and Aaron Bernstein | January 1, 2011

Indirect effects of global climate change threaten the health of hundreds of millions of people. The very uncertainty that shrouds this issue must serve as an organizing principle for adaptation to its ill effects.

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