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Are the Kids Alright?
Are the Kids Alright?
Bob Grant | Mar 1, 2012
Two key pieces of legislation, enacted to spur drugmakers into testing pharmaceutical products in children, are up for reauthorization in the US Congress this October. Have they done their jobs?
Vitamin D on Trial
Amy Maxmen | Mar 1, 2012
Prevention trials for vitamins and supplements are notoriously difficult, but some researchers aren’t giving up on finding proof that vitamin D helps ward off disease.
Child-Proofing Drugs
Edyta Zielinska | Mar 1, 2012
When children need medications, getting the dosing and method of administration right is like trying to hit a moving target with an untried weapon.
The War Within
Ole H. Petersen, Oleg V. Gerasimenko, and Julia V. Gerasimenko | Feb 1, 2012
Unraveling the molecular causes of acute pancreatitis—a potentially deadly disease in which the pancreas essentially digests itself—is yielding clues to how it might be treated.
The Enigmatic Membrane
Muriel Mari, Sharon A. Tooze, and Fulvio Reggiori | Feb 1, 2012
Despite years of research, the longstanding mystery of where the autophagosome gets its double lipid bilayers is not much clearer.
Casting a Wide Eye
Cristina Luiggi | Feb 1, 2012
Scientists study a variety of large-scale biological phenomena from the vantage point of space.
Animal Mind Control
Jef Akst | Jan 1, 2012
Examples of parasites that manipulate the behavior of their hosts are not hard to come by, but scientists have only recently begun to understand how they induce such dramatic changes.
Top Ten Innovations 2011
The Scientist Staff | Jan 1, 2012
Our list of the best and brightest products that 2011 had to offer the life scientist
Resolving Chronic Pain
Claudia Sommer and Frank Birklein | Jan 1, 2012
The body’s own mechanism for dispersing the inflammatory reaction might lead to new treatments for chronic pain.
Sensing Fat
Beverly J. Tepper and Kathleen L. Keller | Dec 1, 2011
Are genes that alter the perception of fat making us fat?