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One of Mom’s Many Gifts to Her Baby: Maternal Vaccination

One of Mom’s Many Gifts to Her Baby: Maternal Vaccination

One of Mom’s Many Gifts to Her Baby: Maternal...

In recent years, maternal immunization has been steadily gaining acceptance as a means to pass infection-fighting antibodies to newborns. Current research shows that vaccines are safe for pregnant women. 

Fixing Broken Body Clocks

Fixing Broken Body Clocks

Fixing Broken Body Clocks

Every living being from fungi to frogs has an internal clock that normally runs on a 24-hour cycle.  In humans, this master clock resides in a tiny region of the brain’s hypothalamus and controls everything from hunger and sleep patterns to daily hormone fluctuations and body temperature.In...

Imagine a World Without Science

Imagine a World Without Science

Imagine a World Without Science

Evidence-based research makes many parts of our everyday lives possible. How would our lives be different without science?

 How Human 'Gene Knockouts' Are Pointing the Way to New Medicines

How Human 'Gene Knockouts' Are Pointing the Way to New Medicines

How Human 'Gene Knockouts' Are Pointing the...

Some people are naturally missing the working copy of a gene, the result of which can range from no effect at all to, occasionally, profound effects, such as very low cholesterol or congenital insensitivity to pain. Such significant, unusual medical characteristics are commonly referred to as ...

Consumer DNA Kits Give Research a Boost

Consumer DNA Kits Give Research a Boost

Consumer DNA Kits Give Research a Boost

Patients with lupus and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) recently became a pivotal part of studies without ever stepping foot in a clinic or hospital, thanks to a collaboration formed between Pfizer and the genetic testing company 23andMe. The mission: find genetic clues that may someday lead to...

Scientists Mimic Human Organs on Microscopic ‘Chips’ That Enable Drug Testing

Scientists Mimic Human Organs on Microscopic ‘Chips’ That Enable Drug Testing

Scientists Mimic Human Organs on Microscopic ...

By mimicking the way organs operate in the body, the organ-on-a-chip can offer a more realistic and accurate way to test new drugs. 

Getting Life-Saving Medicines Over the Brain’s Security Wall

Getting Life-Saving Medicines Over the Brain’s Security Wall

Getting Life-Saving Medicines Over the Brain’s...

Among all the organs in our body, the brain is the only one to have its own security system. It’s called the blood–brain barrier. Science is helping cnacer treatment and other medicines breach the blood- brain barrier in novel ways.   

Deploying DNA-Delivery Trucks To Fix Genetic Diseases

Deploying DNA-Delivery Trucks To Fix Genetic Diseases

Deploying DNA-Delivery Trucks To Fix Genetic...

A benign virus, turned DNA-delivery truck, may hold the potential to repair gene malfunctions that can trigger disease.

Diagnosing Disease by Voice

Diagnosing Disease by Voice

Diagnosing Disease by Voice

Detecting the occurrence of many diseases can be challenging without a blood test or other reliable screening tool. So researchers are now listening for the sounds of disease.

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