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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.

A new shortcut skips stem cells completely, converts skin cells into photoreceptors

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This method, which uses a handful of small molecule drugs, is a time-saver compared to stem cell therapy

Claudia Lopez-Lloreda, University of Pennsylvania

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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Shi En Kim, University of Chicago

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To stop pancreatic cancer from spreading, cut out the chatter

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By switching off cell-to-cell communication, researchers turned cancer’s bazooka into a rubber pistol

Max Levy, Science and Health Journalism

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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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The discovery of a new enzyme system that can convert type A blood into type O blood could ease strain on universal donors and transform healthcare

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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Prabarna Ganguly, National Human Genome Research Institute

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Can we make mental health diagnoses as routine as blood work?

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My research team is searching the brain for clues

Matthew Scult, Duke University

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

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

Isabella Finco, University of Michigan

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

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

Abhishek Chari, University of Utah