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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.

How cellular 'garbage disposals' help us understand type 2 diabetes

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Proteasomes team up to combat high sugar levels in cells, and also play a role in neurological diseases

Kara Leasure Shanley, University of New Mexico

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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Light and adaptable robotic skins can turn inanimate objects into multifunctional robots

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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Neurons and cancer cells are a dangerous duo

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New research finds that neurons migrate from the brain to infiltrate cancer cells, and that targeting this process is a promising new method of attack on cancer.

Claudia Lopez-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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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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New research finds that we might need to take a step back from the inside of cells

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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Can the right microbes really solve all your health problems?

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A microbiologist explains the latest gut science

Namrata Iyer, Brown University

In science, failure can be a blessing. Just look at Viagra

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The little blue pill started life as a failed treatment for chest pain

Anastasia Gorelova, University of Pittsburgh