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MERS virus (yellow)

DEFENSE  Vaccine candidates developed from DNA and proteins of the MERS virus (above, yellow) produced protective immune proteins and reduced lung damage in monkeys six days after infection.    

choanoflagellates, panda, mushroom

STRANGE RELATIONS  People, pandas, and even mushrooms perch as closer cousins to single-celled choanoflagellates than to other multicellular organisms. 

A LITTLE DROP WILL DO YOU  A little resveratrol may go a long way toward preventing colon cancer. Small doses of the chemical found in red wine and grapes may be better than big ones, researchers find. Researchers caution, however, against tippling: Alcohol in wine actually promotes colon cancer.

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