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The Game of Cancer: Evolutionary game theory offers new insights in cancer biology

The Game of Cancer: Evolutionary game theory offers new insights in cancer biology

Evolutionary game theory, the application of game theory to evolutionary biology, may provide new insights on how cancer behaves. Earlier this year, a team from the Moffitt Cancer Center, led by Artem Kaznatcheev and Jacob G. Scott, who are currently

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Synthesizing Opioid Antagonists: A more sustainable method for creating a lifesaving drug

Synthesizing Opioid Antagonists: A more sustainable method for creating a lifesaving drug

With an increasing intensity in the nation’s opioid epidemic, the public health community has been searching for ways to manage drug addiction. Chemical antagonists have proven effective in binding to opioid receptors, thus competing with opioid agonists and blocking them

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Fighting Effects from Heat with Potassium

Fighting Effects from Heat with Potassium

People have been aware for centuries that hot weather can be detrimental to our health. Recently, a team of researchers from University of Pennsylvania and Yale University found that hot weather can also influence the effects of the medicine we

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Killer Graphene: using pencil lead to kill bacteria

Killer Graphene: using pencil lead to kill bacteria

You have most likely seen them before: surfaces such as coatings on medical devices that claim to have anti-bacterial properties, killing germs that land on them. Current methods for creating anti-bacterial surface involve the use of either transition metals, such

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Sensational Prosthesis: prosthetic hand with nearly human capabilities

Sensational Prosthesis: prosthetic hand with nearly human capabilities

Prostheses are artificial devices that are designed to replace missing limbs or parts of limbs and restore some of their capabilities. However, more than 30 percent of prostheses are abandoned by users because they fail to provide sensory feedback to

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Retracing Millions of Steps: Investigating the transcriptional dynamics of mouse organogenesis

Retracing Millions of Steps: Investigating the transcriptional dynamics of mouse organogenesis

It is not too difficult to see how an organism develops on a macro scale. Depending on the subject, it can be as simple as placing an embryo in a petri dish and peering at it through a microscope every

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Listening to Cells

Listening to Cells

Cells hold key information for understanding the human body, particularly for diseases associated with cell development. For many years, researchers have struggled to measure cell mechanics without destroying the cell. Most methodologies require squeezing the cell and watching it deform.

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Easy as 1,2,3: Honeybees can learn to add and subtract

Easy as 1,2,3: Honeybees can learn to add and subtract

“According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way that a bee should be able to fly.” This opening line from the Bee Movie echoes a fascination people have with the abilities of bees. Although the line may

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A New Reality: VR technology treats phobias in autistic patients

A New Reality: VR technology treats phobias in autistic patients

Most people know someone with autism, whether it be a sibling, a close friend, or an acquaintance. The Center for Disease Control’s 2014 census found that one in fifty-nine children living in the US has autism—more than double the number

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Follow the Energy, See Where it Goes: Investigating the energetic expenditures of embryonic cleavage divisions

Follow the Energy, See Where it Goes: Investigating the energetic expenditures of embryonic cleavage divisions

Energy is a tricky concept. The term is bandied around within and without science; even among scientists, “ener­gy” takes different meanings in different contexts. Though it is far from straight­forward to define what energy actually is, more important is what

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