Category Archives: Biology

HIV/AIDS news: the good, bad, and downright sad

During my six years as an immunology grad student, HIV research papers that had the words ‘T cells,’ ‘antibodies’ and ‘vaccine’ in them always sat on or near the top of my must-read pile. I read those papers with enthusiasm … Continue reading

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“Is it me? Or is it XMRV?” – the Chronic Fatigue blame game continues

Several million perpetually tired people heaved a weary sigh of relief last year when a research group “raised the possibility” that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a much-debated (and sometimes-mocked) condition, was caused by a retrovirus. Well, okay, the researchers didn’t outright … Continue reading

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Stem cell misadventures: shady stories from hot places

A man staggers off a plane on to a hot tarmac. He’s flown thousands of miles in the hope that this visit to a country famous for its beautiful beaches, among other things, will mend his broken heart — medically, … Continue reading

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Need to know: troubled oceans, lurking flu, vuvuzela filters and more

A handful of need-to-knows this week: The oceans are in trouble even without rigs dumping oil into them. Science’s coverage of the issues in its latest issue, is, well, oceanic. The direst of the problems seems to be that the oceans’ pH … Continue reading

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Now Big Brother wants your DNA too (psst, it might already have it)

Whether it’s a good thing or not is debatable, but the truth of the matter is that Big Brother, a.k.a, the federal government, already has gathered a little too much info about us by snooping on our digital lives. Govt.-commissioned … Continue reading

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10 year old human genome feels the weight of false expectations

It’s annoying when people pick on the human genome. Especially since this June marks its 10th birthday (scientists unveiled its first draft 1o years ago), and we should be throwing the genome birthday bashes, not bashing it up. And particularly … Continue reading

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New ways of hitting cancer: peptide rockets and nanobombs

You can make a cancer drug that only targets cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone. You can even tailor a cancer drug so that it specifically targets genetic mistakes that are unique to the particular subtype of cancer that … Continue reading

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