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- FeatureThis year, careful readers may have noticed a steady accumulation of revelations about the bacterial communities that call the human body home.
We are not alone. Humans’ vast inner and outer spaces teem with a menagerie of microbes that stand poised to alter conceptions of what and who we are.
Traditionally, microbes have been viewed as insidious invaders that make people sick or as freeloaders in the human gut. That view is beginning to change. In 2013, scientists amassed substantial evidence that people and other animals form a unit with their resident bacteria, archaea, fung
Baron Victor von Frankenstein would have admired the bounty of body parts scientists crafted in the lab this year.
Lab-grown lumps of liver, bits of brain and clumps of heart, kidney and retinal cells can now mimic the functions of organs grown the old-fashioned way.
Scientists have no plans to assemble a monster, of course. Artificial organs may instead one day help repair or even replace a person’s damaged tissues. But that day
- FeatureThe satellite data hint at a slower expansion rate for universe.
- FeatureHuman evolution appears poised for a scientific makeover as the relationships among early hominids are disputed.
- FeatureOutbreaks of two deadly viruses captured the world’s attention in 2013, but neither turned into the global pandemic expected to strike one of these years.
- FeatureSome forms of brain washing are good, like the thorough hosing the brain gets during sleep.
- FeatureThe justices’ decision opens the way for choices in DNA testing.
- FeatureBabies seem familiar with vowels and words heard while in the womb.
- FeatureTo successfully clone human cells, eggs must be dunked in the stimulant.