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November 21, 2014

Synthetic Self-Assembling Nanococoons Mimic Natural Viruses

Nanomaterials: Researchers design peptides that spontaneously package DNA into tiny capsules

November 20, 2014

Eye Test Might One Day Diagnose Alzheimer’s Before Symptoms Appear

Neuroscience: Imaging method spots disease peptide in mouse retinas

November 18, 2014

Device Captures Individual Cancer Cells For Genome Analysis

Medical Diagnostics: A microfluidic chip could quickly and easily collect circulating tumor cells and isolate their nuclei for DNA sequencing

November 17, 2014

How Itching An Itch Makes It Itch Worse

Studies in mice indicate that scratching triggers the brain to release serotonin, which in turn intensifies the itch

November 17, 2014

New Copper Sensor Probes Metal Ion’s Roles In Nerve Circuits


Fluorescent molecule could demystify what the transition metal is doing in the brain

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