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Building Better Bodies

Healthcare is one of the most crucial arenas dependent on scientific innovation. Here is the latest, straight from the lab.

Featuring 23 articles by 19 scientists

Scientists are recruiting live bacteria to fight deadly infections

A study in rural India is raising hopes for a future without antibiotics

Devang Mehta

Genomics

University of Alberta

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New HIV drugs show a disease under control – for those who can afford them

Even as new therapies raise hopes, diagnoses and costs prevent widespread treatment

Danny Jomaa

Biochemistry

University of Ottawa

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

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

Lauren Mackenzie Reynolds

Neuroscience

McGill University

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

Forget wearables, the hottest tech around is chewables

Kevin Pels

Chemical Biology

The Scripps Research Institute

Can the right microbes really solve all your health problems?

A microbiologist explains the latest gut science

This 3D-printed ovary could help the women left out of modern fertility technology

We're a long way from a human version, but the initial results are promising

Isabella Finco

Endocrinology

University of Michigan

We're beginning to understand the 'tumor microenvironment' that makes cancer so resilient

The cellular processes that help tumors thrive in the body are a promising new target for cancer treatments

Danny Jomaa

Biochemistry

University of Ottawa

3D-printed organs could help us heal faster and live longer

Researchers made waves last year by successfully implanting new jaws in rats

Kate Krueger

Cell Biology

New Harvest

Diabetes is a much stranger disease than I realized

We don't really know what causes diabetes, but it involves these misshapen proteins infecting each other

Dan Samorodnitsky

Biochemistry

Carnegie Mellon University

Advances in gene therapy could help cure a cruel childhood illness

Most viruses make people sick. But we're learning to use them to deliver cures to complex diseases

How turmeric became a naturopathic cure-all without the evidence to back it up

Scientists and the media share a fair amount of the blame

Ana Gorelova

Molecular Pharmacology

University of Pittsburgh

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

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

Irene Park

Genetics

University of Michigan

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

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

Kelly Hallstrom

Biomedical Sciences

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

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

Ana Gorelova

Molecular Pharmacology

University of Pittsburgh

How fatal snail venom can be reimagined as a lifesaving diabetes treatment

This unique, weaponized form of insulin could produce a new class of fast-acting drugs for managing diabetes.

Can scientists learn from the stock market to eradicate HIV?

HIV is tricky to fight because the virus changes so much. That reminded researchers of something else that fluctuates frequently.

Kasra Zarei

Biomedical Sciences

University of Iowa

How stressed-out fish are teaching us about human heart disease

Farmed fish and office-bound humans face a common problem

Kelsey Lucas

Physiology, Marine Biology, and Ecology

Harvard University

A scientist explains why you should approach exciting microbiome news with caution

We know the microbiome is important to health, but we're still developing the tools to understand how and why

Ilana Arbisser

Computational Biology

Stanford University

A researcher explains why cancer isn't mainly caused by bad luck

Understanding where mutations come from is key to fighting the disease.

Michael Badgley

Pathology

Columbia University

Meet the woman who changed how we treat cancer

Jane Cooke Wright saved millions by making chemotherapy more effective

We still don't really know how Zika gets into the brain

For this scientist, the race to understand one of the world's most mysterious diseases is personal.

Michael F. Wells

Neuroscience

Harvard University

Neurons die with grace

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