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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | May 25, 2011

Biopunk, The Belief Instinct, Biology Is Technology, Medical Muses

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Making the Gradient

By Karen Hopkin | May 25, 2011

Ron Kaback didn’t believe that electrochemical gradients could power the transport of sugars and amino acids across cell membranes—until he proved that they do.

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Andrew Carter: Dynein Trailblazer

By Hannah Waters | May 25, 2011

Group Leader, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Medical Research Council. Age: 36

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Medical Posters, circa 1920

By Edyta Zielinska | May 25, 2011

William Helfand began buying medically themed collectibles in the 1950s when he started working for Merck & Co. 

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Primal Fashion

By Cristina Luiggi | May 20, 2011

Two sisters -- a developmental biologist and high-end fashion designer -- team up to develop a couture collection inspired by the first 1,000 hours of embryonic life.

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Extremophiles explore galaxy

By Cristina Luiggi | May 19, 2011

This past Monday, the Endeavor space shuttle was launched into space carrying six astronauts, brand new equipment for studying the universe and... a bobtail squid and a pack of extremophile bacteria.

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How zebrafish regrow limbs

By Cristina Luiggi | May 19, 2011

Because of their ability to differentiate into any cell type, stem cells have been thought to play an important role in limb regeneration processes. 

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National plan save bats

By Cristina Luiggi | May 19, 2011

In light of the looming threat of extinction of North American bat populations brought on by the lethal and rapidly spreading disease known as white nose syndrome, the US Fish and Wildlife Service unveiled this week a national plan for coordinating efforts for combatting the disease at the loca, state, and federal level.

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Tibetan medical paintings

By Cristina Luiggi | May 15, 2011

Seventeenth-century Tibet witnessed a blossoming of medical knowledge, with the construction of a monastic medical college and the penning of several influential medical texts. Perhaps most striking was a set of 79 paintings, known as tangkas, which

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Lasers of a feather light better

By Jef Akst | May 14, 2011

Researchers have developed a new kind of laser that mimics some of the world's most beautiful birds, copying the nanoscale structure of their brightly colored feathers to capture light.

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