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Helium As Medical Mission Critical

Helium As Medical Mission Critical

Helium As Medical Mission Critical

Without helium — the second lightest element on Earth, used at Thanksgiving to lift skyscraper-size parade balloons — medical science might come to a standstill.

Fluorescence Brings Cells to Light

Fluorescence Brings Cells to Light

Fluorescence Brings Cells to Light

Borrowing nature’s bioluminescence to make formerly invisible cells glow in Technicolor allows scientists to tag and track bodily function, and even disease.

4 Surprising Things That Can Affect Your Medications

4 Surprising Things That Can Affect Your Medications

4 Surprising Things That Can Affect Your...

Some surprising factors that may impact how your body absorbs, metabolizes, and transports medicines. 

Tools of the Trade: Harnessing Bioluminescence

Tools of the Trade: Harnessing Bioluminescence

Tools of the Trade: Harnessing Bioluminescence

Species from cats to monkeys and protozoa to plants can borrow a jellyfish’s luminescence to help trace the spread of disease.

Good Guy/Bad Guy: B-Cells vs. Ebola

Good Guy/Bad Guy: B-Cells vs. Ebola

Good Guy/Bad Guy: B-Cells vs. Ebola

In the fight for immunity, our B-cells play the role of watchful attack dogs. A virus like Ebola has other ideas.

Why Flavor Matters in Drug Design, Especially for Kids

Why Flavor Matters in Drug Design, Especially for Kids

Why Flavor Matters in Drug Design, Especially...

Once-bitter tasting medicines are now easier to swallow with these new innovations in in drug design. 

Terrible Beauty: The Microbes of 10 Deadly Diseases

Terrible Beauty: The Microbes of 10 Deadly Diseases

Terrible Beauty: The Microbes of 10 Deadly...

The wondrous-looking microbes of 10 deadly diseases.

Where Does the Medicine Go? (infographic)

Where Does the Medicine Go? (infographic)

Where Does the Medicine Go? (infographic)

Medicine's journey through your body.

Flashback: Carbolic Acid Sprayer

Flashback: Carbolic Acid Sprayer

Flashback: Carbolic Acid Sprayer

Joseph Lister revolutionizes the world of surgery with an antiseptic idea.

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