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Patients with the rare autoimmune condition, highlighted in the Oscar-nominated film The Big Sick, currently have limited treatment options.

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NSF to Close Overseas Offices

By Shawna Williams | February 22, 2018

The agency announces that the fixed offices and staffing will be replaced with short-term expeditions to foster collaboration.

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Testing treatments on mini tumors may save time in identifying which therapies work best, a new study shows.   

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image: CDC: Flu Vaccine 36 Percent Effective So Far

CDC: Flu Vaccine 36 Percent Effective So Far

By Catherine Offord | February 16, 2018

The vaccine shows better-than-expected effectiveness against the most common and most virulent strain of influenza in children under 9 years old.

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image: Researchers Produce Alpaca Antibodies Using Yeast

Researchers Produce Alpaca Antibodies Using Yeast

By Catherine Offord | February 14, 2018

With multiple applications in biomedicine, the antibodies can now be made quickly, cheaply, and without the need for an alpaca or one of its relatives.

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NSF Will Require Reporting of Sexual Harassment

By Jim Daley | February 9, 2018

The agency could demand institutions it funds to remove researchers who are found guilty of misconduct from NSF-supported projects.  

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Reductions from the budget passed today and a $750-million shift of funds to the Children’s Health Insurance Program add pressure to public health initiatives, including immunizations and outbreak responses.

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image: Canada Plans to Boost Basic Science Spending

Canada Plans to Boost Basic Science Spending

By Catherine Offord | February 9, 2018

The federal budget, expected before the end of March, may substantially raise funding for research.

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The test uses levels of plasma amyloid-β to estimate the buildup of protein plaques in the brain.

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image: Viruses Related to Zika May Also Harm Fetuses

Viruses Related to Zika May Also Harm Fetuses

By Ruth Williams | January 31, 2018

Studies in mice suggest that other flaviviruses, such as West Nile virus and Powassan virus, may cause birth defects, too. 

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