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Pure science

Has the test tube lost its appeal?

Summer 2009

“A half a century ago, biochemistry was pure basic science. But now we can apply these very fundamental principles and tools to attack real clinical problems.”


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Prevent the stent

Doctors may be implanting too many artery-opening stents and could improve patient outcomes — and ultimately save lives — if they did more in-depth measurements of blood flow in the vessels to the heart. MORE . . .

Life blood

A new technique neatly sidesteps a major barrier to creating organs from stem cells: the lack of a reliable blood supply for the developing structure. MORE . . .

Do ask, do tell

Every time he goes to a new doctor, Mitchell Lunn faces the question: Should he tell his doctor he’s gay? MORE . . .

The chatterbox

People with a genetic condition called Williams syndrome are famously gregarious. Scientists, looking carefully at brain function in such individuals, think they may now have a better understanding of why this is so. MORE . . .

Woof woof wolf

Slipping through trees or across snow, the wolf has glided into legend on paws of white, gray or — in North America — even black. This last group owes an unexpected debt to the cousins of the domestic dog, say medical school researchers. MORE . . .

Precision warfarin

Scientists have taken a small but important step toward folding a patient’s genetic profile into doctors’ everyday practice. MORE . . .

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