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

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Both brain size and drinking habits are linked to genes, not directly to each other

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 Levy, University of Colorado Boulder

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When antibiotics stopped working, these viruses saved a girl's life

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Phage therapy is attracting renewed interest in treating highly resistant infections

Maddie Bender, Yale University

Neurons and cancer cells are a dangerous duo

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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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Humanity's viral stowaway is now a defense against our greatest diseases

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Engineered viruses may be the key to HIV and tuberculosis vaccines

Joshua Peters, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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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Chewing gum could detect disease in saliva and deliver results via taste

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Forget wearables, the hottest tech around is chewables

Kevin Pels, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

How do researchers study a deadly bacterium? They give mice our immune system

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Trying to understand MRSA, a recent study used mice whose defenses were 5 to 63 percent human

Kelly Hallstrom, Biomedical Sciences

Neurons die with grace

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Neuroscientist Emily Lowry’s ongoing research on how and why nerve cells die has implications for Alzheimer’s, ALS and beyond.

Massive Staff