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The Secret of a Longer Life? Kill your Unfit Cells.

(January 23rd, 2015) If you had the choice, would you like to live until you’re 130 years old? New research in fruit flies shows that manipulating a single gene can extend their life span up to 60%, suggesting that living well into your hundreds might become a reality in the foreseeable future.

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Scratching the Surface in Cancer

(January 20th, 2015) Patients suffering from epidermolysis bullosa, a chronic skin-blistering condition, are highly vulnerable to skin cancers. New research sheds light on the mechanism underlying tumour progression in skin abrasions and how antibiotics may serve as a surprising solution.

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The Lonely Mouse

(January 16th, 2015) Danish researchers found that single-housed lab mice show signs of depression. This might affect their use in clinical studies and could help explain why so many candidate drugs fail in humans. Did we underestimate the complexity of this model organism?

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On Top of the World

(January 13th, 2015) What has been your scientific highlight of 2014? Many journals, publisher, bloggers and Lab Times editors gave thought to this question. Here are some of their answers.

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Confessions of a Postdoc (22): Scientists without Borders

(January 9th, 2015) Since 2010, Anjana Nityanandam has shared her inner thoughts, experiences and feelings that come with being a postdoc. Here are her latest insights into the world of a research scientist that many are probably all too familiar with.

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Dispatches from the US (4)

(January 5th, 2015) In December, US science heralded biosciences research into outer space, with rodents and microbes switching their earthly home labs for the ISS; James Watson sells his prized possession and we take a peep into some of the starry discoveries in the States.

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Last Christmas

(December 23rd, 2014) Did you know that one of the most famous Christmas songs is actually about a transgenic mouse? 

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Creepy Encounters

(December 19th, 2014) A month ago, Swiss scientists scared the world with a ghost story. They had devised a robot that made healthy people feel a ‘presence’. We talked to senior author Giulio Rognini to get more details.

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Faster and Cheaper

(December 16th, 2014) No money, little time but lots of ideas and DIY attitude. PhD student Adam Lynch constructed his very own microscope (using USB microscopes and kitchen unit legs) to be able to visualise primary hemocytes of a freshwater snail.

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“We’re not Allowed to Demonstrate the Knowledge we Have”

(December 11th, 2014) Stefan Jansson is a plant physiologist at Umea University. He coordinated the open letter, which called attention to the precarious situation of scientists working with genetically modified plants in Europe. Isabel Torres spoke with him.

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Seeds of Change?

(December 8th, 2014) The GMO craze has put European plant science in danger for some time. An open letter has drawn public attention to the problem but is it already too late?

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The Appeal of ‘Mars’ Adds Some Glamour to Research

(December 3rd, 2014) A Research Letter by Jeremy Garwood from the corner of the planet Mars located in a greenhouse in the Netherlands.

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