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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.

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

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 Levy, University of Colorado Boulder

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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 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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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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Hit the gym and find the sunshine vitamin

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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Diabetes is a much stranger disease than I realized

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

Dan Samorodnitsky

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

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

Ilana Arbisser, Stanford University