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How and Why We Age: The Power of Telomeres and Telomerase

Twenty years ago little was known about the aging process. Many ideas existed but nothing was certain. Today we know how and why we age. We cannot control it just yet, but even that may change in the near future.<p>The human body has 100 trillion highly-specialized cells. Each of these cells has sets …


In pictures: Inside the heart

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has announced the winners of its "Reflections of Research" competition.

Medical Research

Eyes and Nebulas

Loges musculaires, aponévroses, vaisseux et nerfs du cou et de l’aisselle

Anatomical FlipbookL.W. Yaggy & James J. West, 1885

<b>Anatomical Flipbook</b><br>L.W. Yaggy & James J. West, <b>1885</b>

7 Classics Every Doctor Should Read

A reminder to think beyond textbooks and journals; to always be a student of the human condition<p>As the odds against future physicians learning everything about the human body have climbed toward absurdity, the need to concentrate on the essentials of medical education has intensified as never …

For A Price, Volunteers Endure Scientists' Flu Spritzes

What would it take to persuade you to allow government researchers to squirt millions of live flu viruses up your nose?<p>A recently concluded project at the National Institutes of Health found, among other things, that $3,400 each was enough to attract plenty of volunteers.<p>"I am happy I could …

Treating sleep apnea makes people look younger

A face-mapping technique suggests that people look younger and more attractive after a few months of at-home treatment for sleep apnea.<p>The findings …

Giant Gob of Earwax Reveals Blue Whale Secrets

Wildlife<p><b>Two biologists at Baylor University in Texas, Sascha Usenko and Stephen Trumble, and colleagues have dissected a giant gob of earwax from a blue whale to measure pollutants to which the whale was exposed.</b><p>The earwax (known as an earplug) can also be used to measure levels of stress and …