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Sniffing Out Alzheimer’s: Olfaction as a Diagnostic and Research Tool

Sniffing Out Alzheimer’s: Olfaction as a Diagnostic and Research Tool

🕔00:26, 3.Apr 2016

The sense of smell has often provided us valuable insights into disease progression and treatments. Now, a recent study has shown that changes in the smell of one’s urine can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Battling Cancer with Our Body’s Own Trojan Horse: The Exosome

Battling Cancer with Our Body’s Own Trojan Horse: The Exosome

🕔23:59, 2.Apr 2016

You may have never heard of the anti-cancer drug paclitaxel, but it is indispensable to our modern healthcare system. It sits on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, and its annual sales surpassed one billion dollars in 2000.

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Mythbusters: Human Microbiota

Mythbusters: Human Microbiota

🕔21:40, 2.Apr 2016

The human digestive tract is a thriving ecosystem, teeming with life and activity. On an intellectual level, many of us know this, even if it can be discomfiting to think about the trillions of living cells in our guts that

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Francis Collins: Guiding the Research Revolution

Francis Collins: Guiding the Research Revolution

🕔21:27, 23.Mar 2016

Alumnus Francis Collins (PhD ’74) initially held little interest for the field of biology. Yet he went on to successfully direct the Human Genome Project, the largest endeavor in genetic research. Collins now serves as Director of the NIH, the largest contributor to medical research in the world.

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Documentary Review: Resistance

Documentary Review: Resistance

🕔21:26, 23.Mar 2016

Antibiotics are one of the most important tools in the arsenal of modern medicine. But an engaging new documentary explains how their overuse is driving bacterial resistance, and how it may lead us to a world without them.

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Foregone Forensics: A Brief History of Crime Solving

Foregone Forensics: A Brief History of Crime Solving

🕔21:05, 23.Mar 2016

Early forensic science was based on guesswork and rudimentary identification techniques. Since the 1984 invention of DNA fingerprinting, analysts have been able to determine guilt with ever-increasing certainty.

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Halting Hemorrhage: Self-propelled microparticles offer new solution for extreme bleeding

Halting Hemorrhage: Self-propelled microparticles offer new solution for extreme bleeding

🕔12:29, 5.Feb 2016

Recently, researchers at the University of British Columbia designed a new method for stopping hemorrhaging. The system relies on microparticles that propel themselves upstream through blood, delivering coagulants to hard-to-reach wounds.

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Phase Shifters: Scientists design proteins for targeted drug delivery

Phase Shifters: Scientists design proteins for targeted drug delivery

🕔23:35, 3.Feb 2016

Proteins accomplish some of the most complex biological mechanisms in the human body. They form the basis of the immune system. They are responsible for muscle contraction. They allow for gene expression. Now, scientists aim to create a new class

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Mealworms: An Unlikely Solution to Styrofoam Waste

Mealworms: An Unlikely Solution to Styrofoam Waste

🕔15:42, 2.Feb 2016

Styrofoam waste is a serious environmental issue that previously had no effective solution. Researchers have recently discovered that mealworms can eat Styrofoam, which presents a promising prospective solution.

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Rewriting Life: How Changing the Genetic Code Changes Everything Else

Rewriting Life: How Changing the Genetic Code Changes Everything Else

🕔20:11, 29.Mar 2015

A simple code dictates how DNA is translated into proteins in all living things. Scientists have long thought of these translations as universal, but lately, a few exceptions have come to light. Now, researchers at Yale are probing how and why the genetic code might change.

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