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Little Ms. Excitable and Mr. Naïve: Meet Some Varied ‘Cell States’

Little Ms. Excitable and Mr. Naïve: Meet Some Varied ‘Cell States’

Little Ms. Excitable and Mr. Naïve: Meet Some...

They get excited. Sometimes they’re a little chatty. And they’ve been known to be naïve.  ...

Decoding Longevity: 3 Genes Linked to Anti-Aging

Decoding Longevity: 3 Genes Linked to Anti-Aging

Decoding Longevity: 3 Genes Linked to Anti-Aging

The bowhead whale, the mammal with the longest known lifespan, can survive to 200, while the average rat lives only two to three years, and squirrels can often live over a decade. What explains a species’ longevity?  ...

The Science Behind the Winter Blues

The Science Behind the Winter Blues

The Science Behind the Winter Blues

As the days grow darker and colder, many of us occasionally experience the winter doldrums. A small percentage of the US population (about 1 to 10 percent, depending on where you live), however, suffers a more severe form of the blues known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), with symptoms such...

Are Genetic Tweaks Made by Gene Therapy Handed Down to Offspring?

Are Genetic Tweaks Made by Gene Therapy Handed Down to Offspring?

Are Genetic Tweaks Made by Gene Therapy Handed...

The possibility of finding a treatment or even a cure for genetic disorders such as muscular dystrophy or hemophilia has taken a giant leap forward in recent years with the advent of gene therapy as a way to modify a defective gene or group of genes. ...

Feasting on Science: Decoding Thanksgiving Dinner

Feasting on Science: Decoding Thanksgiving Dinner

Feasting on Science: Decoding Thanksgiving Dinner

This year, how about getting into the Thanksgiving spirit by taking a closer look at some of our favorite holiday staples and seeing what science tells us about them. From the yeast in the bread to the tryptophan in the turkey, there’s more to a Thanksgiving feast than initially meets the eye.

What Is a Virus and What Makes Them Both Fearsome and Useful?

What Is a Virus and What Makes Them Both Fearsome and Useful?

What Is a Virus and What Makes Them Both...

A virus is essentially a bundle of genetic code, either in the form of DNA or RNA, encased in a protein coating, known as a capsid.  But, unlike bacteria, a virus cannot reproduce itself without invading a host cell because it lacks some of the crucial machinery for metabolism and...

Science Fact or Science Fiction? Avoiding Peanuts as an Infant Reduces Allergy Risk

Science Fact or Science Fiction? Avoiding Peanuts as an Infant Reduces Allergy Risk

Science Fact or Science Fiction? Avoiding...

The science behind the way certain food allergies develop has evolved, and that there are new guidelines in place to help navigate these new ideas that suggest that avoiding peanut consumption may not translate to avoiding an allergy.  A 2015 study  published in the New England...

Why Are Some People More Tasty to Mosquitoes Than Others?

Why Are Some People More Tasty to Mosquitoes Than Others?

Why Are Some People More Tasty to Mosquitoes...

Science reveals that a variety of factors make us more palatable to mosquitoes, from the amount of carbon dioxide emitted in our breath to the color of clothing we’re wearing (darker colors attract mosquitoes more than lighter ones). But in the end, much of the variation in mosquito...

Reducing the Pull of Memories to Fight Drug Addiction Relapse

Reducing the Pull of Memories to Fight Drug Addiction Relapse

Reducing the Pull of Memories to Fight Drug...

Sscientific evidence has established that drug addiction is a chronic illness that produces lasting changes to the brain’s chemistry and function. The latest brain research reveals that drug addiction may have such a powerful grip on individuals because it affects our learning and memory...

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