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Taking on melanoma, one cell at a time

In step toward personalized medicine, researchers are using single-cell analysis to unravel cancer’s secrets. The following is adapted from a Q&A published today by the Broad Institute. Single-cell analysis is a groundbreaking approach now being used across biological fields to explore a common problem: how to study cellular diversity in cell environments…

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Confronting Zika

After its emergency meeting on Zika virus two weeks ago, WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan wrote in an official statement, “the Committee advised that the recent cluster of microcephaly cases and other neurological disorders reported in Brazil, following a similar cluster in French Polynesia in 2014, constitutes an ‘extraordinary event’…

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No more insulin injections?

Encapsulated pancreatic cells offer possible new diabetes treatment. In patients suffering from Type 1 diabetes, the immune system attacks the pancreas, eventually leaving patients without the ability to naturally control blood sugar. These patients must carefully monitor the amount of sugar in their blood, measuring it several times a day…

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