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  • 4 Nov 1999

    While cancers like leukemia stem from a multitude of errant genes, researchers can usually only decipher those defects one gene at a time. Now a new shortcut has accelerated the hunt for cancer genes by using a retrovirus that infects mice to flag otherwise hidden mines.

  • 3 Aug 1999

    Scientists have identified the gene for Tangier disease, in which a rare hereditary defect alters how the body handles cholesterol.

  • 6 May 1999

    A lowly fungus that grows deep in the African forests near Kinshasa could soon be a pharmacological celebrity.

  • 7 Jan 1999

    For the chronically pound-conscious, the end of the holidays means tiptoeing onto scales while murderously eyeing the thin buffet-samplers. So why can some people gorge themselves and still maintain their weight, while others merely nibble, but gain?

  • 11 Nov 1998

    Researchers have come up with a new cut-and-paste technique that corrects tiny errors in a gene that makes a crucial liver enzyme in rats.

  • 23 Oct 1998

    Fat-free may be all the rage in packaged foods, but mice genetically engineered to lack fat cells get diabetes with symptoms even more severe than those of obese mice.

  • 20 Aug 1998

    Most teenagers have run-ins with their mothers, but little do they know that they already weathered a potentially fatal conflict within the womb: developing as essentially foreign tissue without triggering a hostile immune attack.