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How the Placebo Effect Can Cloud Clinical Trial Results

How the Placebo Effect Can Cloud Clinical Trial Results

How the Placebo Effect Can Cloud Clinical Trial...

When researchers design a clinical trial, they can’t ignore the powerful—and often bizarre—placebo effect. ...

Medicine’s 2-Way Dance: What a Drug Does to the Body and What the Body Does to a Drug

Medicine’s 2-Way Dance: What a Drug Does to the Body and What the Body Does to a Drug

Medicine’s 2-Way Dance: What a Drug Does to the...

We all know that a tremendous amount of brain power, time and resources goes into creating a new medicine. While much attention is given to the “discovery” aspect of translating scientific insights into new therapies, an equally important part of the process involves studying how a potential new...

The ‘Immortalized’ Cells That Sparked an International Incident and Their Role in Producing Medicines

The ‘Immortalized’ Cells That Sparked an International Incident and Their Role in Producing Medicines

The ‘Immortalized’ Cells That Sparked an...

Proteins are the rock stars of biological molecules. They allow cells to carry out crucial functions like growth and differentiation, and enable cells to adapt to changing environments. Because dysfunction in certain proteins can cause disease, manipulating proteins is also the foundation of...

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?  ...

What Does Science Have to Say About Your Resolutions?

What Does Science Have to Say About Your Resolutions?

What Does Science Have to Say About Your...

It’s time to drop bad habits and pick up healthy new ones for the year ahead. For inspiration, here are some scientific insights into exercise, body fat, coffee and alcohol. ...

Test Tube Ancestors: The Science of Genetic Testing in Genealogy 

Test Tube Ancestors: The Science of Genetic Testing in Genealogy 

Test Tube Ancestors: The Science of Genetic...

Genetic testing companies use complex methods to determine your ancestry. But how accurate are they? ...

Know Your Sugars: Sweetness in Many Forms

Know Your Sugars: Sweetness in Many Forms

Know Your Sugars: Sweetness in Many Forms

Whether you’re gobbling up leftover Halloween candy or planning holiday meals, you’re likely to encounter a whole lot of sugar in the next few months. But in terms of chemistry, sugar isn’t just one substance. In fact, sugar takes various forms. It turns out the form affects how different sources...

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.

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