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Part Human, Part HIV

By Gene M. Shearer and Adriano Boasso | June 3, 2011

Like other enveloped viruses, HIV exits its host cell enshrouded in the cell’s membrane, which contains membrane molecules such as the human leukocyte antigens (HLA). 

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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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Italian scientists on shaky ground

By Cristina Luiggi | June 3, 2011

Italian seismologists are accused of manslaughter after failing to predict an earthquake that killed 309 people near the Italian city of L'Aquila.

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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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Arsenic-based life debate continues

By Jessica P. Johnson | June 2, 2011

More than a dozen researchers voice their concerns about a 2010 paper that claims bacteria can use arsenic in place of phosphorus in its DNA and other biomolecules, such as proteins.

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Biodegradables not environmentally friendly

By Cristina Luiggi | June 2, 2011

The breakdown of landfill trash by microorganisms may cause significant harm to the environment through the release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, researchers at North Carolina State University claim.

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The Gravity of Life

By Rob Dunn | June 1, 2011

Whose well-being is threatened by our changing relationship with the myriad organisms that shaped the evolution of our species?

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Vaccines

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

Looking back, looking ahead

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