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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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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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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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"Sticky" DNA sequences can guide drugs directly to cancer cells

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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Max G. Levy, Science and Health Journalism

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The right kind of post-stroke experience can rewire the brain for long-term recovery

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It's better to learn to use the damaged side again instead of working around it

Taylor Clark

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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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Lauren Sara McKee, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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Saliva is just what we needed to create a new malaria vaccine

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The mistake mosquitos made? Leaving their spit behind

Hannah Thomasy, University of Washington

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To better target cancer, scientists find clues on the surface of cells

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Prabarna Ganguly, National Human Genome Research Institute

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Evolution is a lot messier than we thought

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Melanie Silvis, UC San Francisco

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Here's how to avoid outliving your own bones

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Emily Atkinson, Indiana University School of Medicine

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Scientists are recruiting live bacteria to fight deadly infections

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Devang Mehta, University of Alberta

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We're beginning to understand why spinal cord tissue is so hard to heal

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A group of recent findings may eventually pave the way for better treatments

Lauren Mackenzie Reynolds, McGill University

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Your body's cells adapt to stress to avoid making mistakes

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Our biological building blocks may be much more resilient than scientists thought possible

Irene Park, University of Michigan