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mouse skeleton x-ray

BONE UP  The skeleton doesn’t just protect important bodily organs, it also talks to them, studies in mice show.

alpha-synuclein protein in nerve cells

RED ALERT  This micrograph shows how the protein alpha-synuclein (red) builds up in nerve cells (blue) in brains affected by Parkinson’s disease. The immune system can react to parts of the protein, a new study finds.

pregnant lady

INNER CONFLICT  In some women, the pregnancy condition preeclampsia, which can cause blood pressure to soar, may be triggered by DNA variations carried by the fetus, a genetic study suggests.

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