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Building Bodies

Scientific innovation is transforming healthcare—one of the places innovation is most urgently needed. Learn about how we're fighting cancer, augmenting humans, and building the future human.

Sugar may trigger inflammatory bowel disease by breaking down gut mucus

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Mice fed sugar-heavy diets have worse colitis and more mucous-degrading gut bacteria

Madeline Barron, University of Michigan

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How does space travel affect astronaut's chromosomes?

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Sree Rama Chaitanya, The Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics

Skin cells protect their DNA from bumps and bruises with a jello-like response

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Rachel Stewart, RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research

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A new shortcut skips stem cells completely, converts skin cells into photoreceptors

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This method, which uses a handful of small molecule drugs, is a time-saver compared to stem cell therapy

Claudia López Lloreda, University of Pennsylvania

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Scientists have revised the recipe for the first gene and the origin of life

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Lauren Gandy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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A chemotherapy missile made of DNA target-locks on to cancer cells

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Shi En Kim, University of Chicago

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Don't worry, moderate drinking probably isn't shrinking your brain

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David Baranger, University of Pittsburgh

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Robotic skins might enable the next generation of space exploration

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Shi En Kim, University of Chicago

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To stop pancreatic cancer from spreading, cut out the chatter

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By switching off cell-to-cell communication, researchers turned cancer’s bazooka into a rubber pistol

Max G. Levy, Science and Health Journalism

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Neurons and cancer cells are a dangerous duo

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Claudia López Lloreda, University of Pennsylvania

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Bacteria from our guts have the tools to solve blood bank shortages

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The discovery of a new enzyme system that can convert type A blood into type O blood could ease strain on universal donors and transform healthcare

Lauren Sara McKee, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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