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High-Tech Choir Master

By Karen Hopkin | January 1, 2012

Elaine Mardis can make DNA sequencers sing, generating genome data that shed light on evolution and disease.

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In with the New

By Mary Beth Aberlin | January 1, 2012

There is definitely no shortage of technological innovation in the life sciences.

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Inflammation, Pain, and Resolvins

By Claudia Sommer and Frank Birklein | January 1, 2012

Not all inflammation leads to pain. Despite widespread infection followed by fever, colds rarely cause pain. But when some cytokines and certain immune cells are active near pain-sensing nerves, they trigger receptors that convey pain sensations to the brain.

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Prion Protectors

By Edyta Zielinska | January 1, 2012

Editor’s choice in immunology

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Bat Hunt

By Cristina Luiggi | January 1, 2012

Bucknell University mammalogist DeeAnn Reeder raises nets high into the darkened forest canopies of South Sudan to catch bats.

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Top People of 2011

By Jef Akst | December 21, 2011

The Scientist recounts the year’s top science prize winners and top-notch scientists that passed away.

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Unsilencing a Gene

By Tia Ghose | December 21, 2011

Scientists have found a way to reactivate a gene in mice that is silenced in a neurodevelopmental disorder called Angelman syndrome.

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Video Gamers Help Solve Disease

By Jef Akst | December 20, 2011

The collective intelligence of thousands of video game players is helping researchers understand the regulation of more than 500 different disease genes.

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Top Science Scandals of 2011

By Tia Ghose | December 19, 2011

A list of this year's most high-profile retractions and controversies in science

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Nobel Winner’s Contribution Questioned

By Cristina Luiggi | December 19, 2011

A coauthor of the key paper that led to one of this year’s Nobel Prizes for Physiology or Medicine claims the recipient wasn’t involved in the research.

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