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Mouse breakthrough will speed vaccines

Mouse breakthrough will speed vaccines

All progress in biomedicine is made on the horns of a dilemma. The testing of drugs or other therapies in humans before they are shown likely to be safe and therapeutically promising in preclinical studies is prohibited by ethical considerations. But the tools available for preclinical work—laboratory animals or isolated cells in a dish—are no substitute for testing in the living human body. Bringing a potential cure from laboratory science to human clinical trials often requires an unsettling

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Finding new perfumes to foil a femme fatale

Finding new perfumes to foil a femme fatale

With the notable exception of the West Nile virus, the industrialized world is blessedly free of mosquito-borne diseases. But according to the World Health Organization (WHO), malaria causes over 300 million acute illnesses and kills at least a million people each year, mostly children in developing countries. The WHO estimates that an African child dies of malaria every 30 seconds. “We don’t think about it much in...

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Using laser light, team guides flies by remote control

Using laser light, team guides flies by remote control

Researchers at the School of Medicine have created a high-tech puppet show, only their marionettes are alive and have no strings attached. With the help of some genetic tweaking, the team got fruit flies to walk, jump and fly on command—simply by flashing a light at them.

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