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Optogenetics: A Light Switch for Neurons

By Edward S. Boyden | July 1, 2011

This animation illustrates optogenetics—a radical new technology for controlling brain activity with light. 

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Scientist to Watch

By Alison McCook | July 1, 2011

“This is my trophy,” says biologist Michael Edidin, walking across his office at Johns Hopkins University to pick up two oversized clock hands, once part of the stately clock tower that still stands on the Baltimore campus. 

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Trading Pelts for Pestilence

By Jef Akst | July 1, 2011

When European explorers and fishermen began to frequent Canada’s shores in the 16th century, they brought with them a plethora of tools and trinkets, including knives, axes, kettles, and blankets. 

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Deadly Bovine Disease Ousted

By Cristina Luiggi | June 30, 2011

United Nation officials declare rinderpest the first animal disease to be fully eradicated.

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The president of the University of the Ryukyus in Japan coauthored a paper containing a duplicated figure.

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Breast Cancer Drug Not Safe, Says FDA

By Megan Scudellari | June 30, 2011

Despite drug company’s and patients’ pleading, an FDA panel votes to rescind Avastin approval for breast cancer.

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Prostate Drug for Breast Cancer?

By Edyta Zielinska | June 29, 2011

A male hormone-blocker currently used to treat prostate cancer may also benefit breast cancer patients.

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Malaria Pipeline Biggest Ever

By Jef Akst | June 29, 2011

A new report suggests that potential malaria treatments currently under study comprise the largest drug pipeline in history.

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Genome Digest

By Megan Scudellari | June 28, 2011

Meet the species whose DNA has recently been sequenced.

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Stem Cells from Banked Blood

By Jef Akst | June 28, 2011

New research demonstrates the feasibility of generating iPS cells from blood samples and using them to produce multiple tissue types.

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