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A Fly on the Wall

By Dan Cossins | July 19, 2013

A geneticist-turned-filmmaker is making a movie set in Columbia University’s famous Fly Room, where the foundations for modern genetics were laid.

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Medical Marijuana for Kids?

By Aimee Swartz | July 17, 2013

The drug has brought relief to children suffering from cancer and other serious ailments, but getting access is often limited by considerable regulatory hurdles.

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Next Generation: Smoking Out Cancer

By Sabrina Richards | July 17, 2013

Researchers analyze smoke generated during surgical tumor removal to distinguish healthy and diseased tissues in real time.

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Week in Review, July 8–12

By Jef Akst | July 12, 2013

Editor accused of fraud leaves post; the good and the bad of gut microbiota; bacterial gene shuffle; legal restrictions hamper illicit drug research; antibodies and autism

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Gut Microbes Exacerbate HIV?

By Ruth Williams | July 10, 2013

Particular microbes in the colons of HIV patients may worsen disease progression.

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Gut Microbes Treat Illness

By Chris Palmer | July 10, 2013

Oral administration of a cocktail of bacteria derived from the human gut reduces colitis and allergy-invoked diarrhea in mice.

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Opinion: Research, Restricted

By David Nutt | July 8, 2013

Are the international drug laws the worst impediment to scientific inquiry since the Catholic Church banned the telescope?

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The Downside of Antibiotics?

By Ruth Williams | July 3, 2013

Bacteria-killing antibiotics might also damage a person’s tissues.

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U.K. Backs Three-Person IVF

By Dan Cossins | July 1, 2013

The United Kingdom is drawing up draft guidelines for mitochondrial transfer procedures to prevent mothers passing on diseases to their children.  

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In Chapter 3, “From Mating to Conception,” author Robert Martin explores the question of why humans and other primates frequently engage in sexual intercourse when females are not fertile.

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