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Death or Damage of Dopamine Neurons

By | February 1, 2011

The hallmark pathology of Parkinson’s disease is the damage and death of dopamine producing neurons in the brain. 

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The Genes of Parkinson’s Disease

By | 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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Down but Not Out

By | February 1, 2011

Cells on standby are surprisingly busy.

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Puzzle Me This

By | 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 | January 1, 2011

Can we use science to reduce the harms of alcohol?

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By | January 1, 2011

A selection of comments from our readers

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Interfering with Cancer

By | January 1, 2011

MicroRNAs may drive the development of leukemia.

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Brave New Drugs

By | January 1, 2011

Intoxicating ideas for saving a billion lives

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The Coming Health Crisis

By | 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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Jeremy Reiter: Hunting for Cilia

By | January 1, 2011

Assistant professor of biochemistry, University of California, San Francisco. Age: 39

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