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Recognizing the Human Potential

By Gene M. Shearer and Adriano Boasso | June 1, 2011

It may be time to reconsider an AIDS vaccine which is more human than viral, triggering the immune system in a way that no other vaccine does.

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Drought-tolerant corn trials underwater

By Bob Grant | May 26, 2011

Agribusiness giant Monsanto is finding out that it's difficult to conduct field trials of drought-resistant corn when it won't stop raining. The company hopes to launch a new line of corn seed that's been genetically engineered to thrive in drough conditions by 2013.

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Your gut online

By Bob Grant | May 26, 2011

Sequences from a US government-funded program to paint a genomic picture of the human gut's complex ecosystem are going public for the first time since the effort started in 2008. Researchers sequenced thousands of samples taken from 300 healthy v

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An Insoluble Problem?

By Robert Michael Stroud | May 26, 2011

The challenges of crystallizing membrane proteins—and how they’re being overcome.

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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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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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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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Lung stem cells -- for real?

By Jef Akst | May 14, 2011

There's good, stem cell-related news for another organ this week -- the lung. Researchers say they have found lung stem cells, which may hold therapeutic value for repairing damaged respiratory tissue, according to a study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

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Stem cells may mend liver damage

By Jef Akst | May 14, 2011

Researchers have found a way to reprogram cells from mouse tails to behave like mature liver cells, which appear to be able to repair damaged livers.

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