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Brain? We Have a Security Breach!

Meet the human brain’s security system: the infamous blood-brain barrier (BBB). Consisting of a dynamic network of specialized endothelial cells lining brain capillaries, the BBB serves as a nearly...
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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...
They never saw it coming!

Amoebas Don’t Mess Around

Using DNA Nets to Capture Organisms Why don’t you ever get sick from the same bug twice? The answer lies in the elaborate network of defenses that make up your immune system. The intimate relationship...
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3D Bioprinting

Regeneration of Organs Hannah Warren was born with a missing trachea, a fatal condition with a survival rate lower than 1%. She was breathing with a tube inserted through her mouth, and wasn’t able to speak...
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Muffling Bacteria

 An Alternative to Antibiotics I lay dormant. I quietly absorb nutrients from my environment, growing, growing, growing — and then I split into two. This happens over and over again, until there are...