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May 27, 2016

Thermo Fisher to acquire FEI

$4.2 billion electron microscopy acquisition fills a gap in Thermo Fisher’s portfolio

May 27, 2016

Pathogen uses promiscuous molecule to scavenge metals

Researchers discover that S. aureus imports nickel, cobalt, zinc, copper, and iron—all with a newly discovered chelator called staphylopine

May 26, 2016

Parmesan test can detect cheesy imposters

Real Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese does not contain cyclopropane fatty acids, found in the milk of cows fed fermented fodder

May 26, 2016

The brain may offer a target for treating type 2 diabetes

Injection of growth factor into rodent brains normalizes blood glucose levels for four months

May 25, 2016

Gauging the health risk of lead in lipstick

Mouse study suggests that average use of lip products may not pose major health risks from lead exposure, but heavy users could exceed limits

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