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Chemistry Nobel Goes To Scientists Who Studied Body's Receptors

Because about half of all drugs act on the receptors that let humans sense their environment, the scientists' work has been incredibly important for the development of pharmaceuticals.
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Fun With Physics: How To Make Tiny Medicine Nanoballs

Scientists have long toyed with the idea of putting medicine inside microscopic capsules that could travel to hard-to-reach places inside your body. Now, researchers have come up with a method to assemble tiny nanospheres.
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Nobel In Chemistry Is Shared By Two Americans

Americans Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka have won the 2012 Nobel Prize in chemistry. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences cited the two researchers Wednesday "for studies of G-protein-coupled receptors."
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Debate Heats Up About Contentious Bird Flu Research

Because of fears that lab-altered bird flu viruses could cause a deadly pandemic if they ever escaped the lab, scientists agreed to a moratorium on mutant H5N1 flu research eight months ago. Now top scientists in the field continue the debate about the work, publishing six commentaries for and against the end of the moratorium.
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French And American Scientists Share Physics Nobel

Serge Haroche of France and David Wineland of the United States have been honored for their work on the interaction between life and matter — in particular, the "fundamental interactions between light particles and matter."
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A Lively Mind: Your Brain On Jane Austen

Could modern cognitive theories explain character development in one of Janes Austen's most famous heroines — Pride and Prejudice's Elizabeth Bennett?
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Cloning and Stem Cell Discoveries Earn Nobel in Medicine

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was announced Monday in Sweden to two scientists: John Gurdon of England and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan. The two will share the prize for their landmark work on stem cells. These cells hold great promise for treating human disease but they are also a source of controversy.

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