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Alzheimer's drugs targeting amlyoid plaque may be doomed to fail

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In a study of the cause of Alzheimer's, cognitive decline tracked something other than high levels of amyloid plaques

Rose Egelhoff, Journalism

How does space travel affect astronaut's chromosomes?

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Sree Rama Chaitanya, The Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics

Scientists have restored youth to aging eyes in mice

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New research suggests vision loss may be reversible via induced pluripotent stem cells

Thiago Arzua, Medical College of Wisconsin

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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Scientists are trying to diagnose concussions through a simple blood test

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Measuring levels of two key proteins could be the answer to this tricky problem

Sarah Laframboise, University of Ottawa

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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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Max G. Levy, Science and Health Journalism

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Exosuits can restore mobility in stroke patients and soldiers alike

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And they're customizable for different types of bodies, gaits, and speeds

Joshua Peters, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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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