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Poison? Potion? — Snake venom as heart attack treatment

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Snakebites can be deadly, but their poisons could be a lifesaver.

Eastern green mamba

This glossy green snake is an Eastern green mamba (Dendroaspis angusticeps), found throughout the eastern Africa. Don’t be fooled by its lack of flashy red stripes or other visual warnings: its bites are highly poisonous. While you would want to avoid venomous snakes like the green mamba out in the wild, they are a treasure trove for some medical researchers. Continue reading –>

 

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Interview with Sarah Chow — “Mending Broken Hearts”

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“Imagine you’re walking up a steep hill when — suddenly — you feel dizzy and develop a crushing pain in your chest. And then you realize: you have a heart attack.” Such is a dramatic opening when Sarah Chow describes her research. Heart diseases and exercises are keys to her research project. Continue reading –>

 

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Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2012 — Progress in stem cell research

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Recently, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was jointly awarded to Drs. John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka “for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent.” What does it mean to be pluripotent and why is it so important? Continue reading –>

Dr. John B. Gurdon (left) and Dr. Shinya Yamanaka (right)

 

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