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Mercy, Mercy, MRSA

July 19, 2012

In her 2010 book, Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA, author and self-proclaimed “disease geek” Maryn McKenna charted the steady advance of a treatment-resistant organism which she referred to as a “crisis in many dimensions.” MRSA [Read more]

A New Model for Anxiety…and More

May 15, 2012

by Rob Mitchum An advantage and disadvantage of hypothesis-free studies looking for genes associated with various traits or diseases is that they often point to genetic candidates that don’t make immediate sense. One example of this occurrence [Read more]

Hacking the Brain’s Security System

May 11, 2012

by Rob Mitchum The brain is a privileged organ, afforded protections denied to all the other organs of the body. Though the circulatory system functions much the same way above and below the neck, using blood to exchange nourishment for waste with [Read more]

A Nasal Path to Migraine Relief

February 1, 2012

Roughly 30 million Americans suffer from migraines, and as you might expect, there’s a large pharmaceutical market to prevent or stop these debilitating headaches. Drugs such as Imitrex and Verapamil employ different pharmacological modes of [Read more]

The Tools of the Human Microbiome

July 7, 2011

The latest cult favorite in the sphere of human genetics is the microbiome, the genes of the bacterial species that live inside and upon the human body. Because bacterial cells outnumber human cells in an adult by approximately ten to one, and tens [Read more]