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Do Probiotics Work?

In recent years, biologists and nutritionists alike have been abuzz over the human microbiome: the thriving ecosystem of microorganisms colonizing the lining of our guts, the surface of our skins, and every...
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A Cap on Life

Telomere Length and Lifestyle It is the year 1975. Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn is doing her postdoctoral fellowship at Yale, when she notices something strange about the genome of the protozoan Tetrahymena...
Liu Microbiome

A World Within Us

The Human Microbiome On almost every surface of the human body, both inside and out, are thriving ecosystems of microorganisms: bacteria, fungi and archaea. In fact, there are so many of them that they...
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One New Liver, Please

The Advent of 3D Bioprinting Patients in desperate need of organ transplant certainly do not have the odds in their favor. Of the 123,000 patients currently awaiting a life-saving donation, less than...
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Defensive Medicine

Too Much of a Good Thing A middle-aged woman goes into her doctor’s office, complaining of chest pains. Her doctor does a routine checkup and diagnoses her with heartburn. He prescribes some antacids, makes...
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What’s in My Genes?

23andMe Genomic Research The idea sounds like something out of a science fiction novel: spit in a little vial, send it through the mail, and not long after, receive a detailed report assessing your risk for...
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From Generics to Genomics

The New Age of Medicine In grade school, students are taught that their DNA sequences are unique and individual. A look into any pharmacy, however, would suggest otherwise: the shelves are filled with...