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EXTRA EXTRA  An extra chromosome can help suppress the effects of cancer mutations, new research suggests. The findings may help explain why people with Down syndrome, who have an extra copy of chromosome 21 in their cells, have low cancer rates.

mouse microglia

GUT IMPULSE Signals from gut microbes can activate immune cells called microglia (shown here in green) in the mouse brain, causing inflammation that’s characteristic of Parkinson’s disease.

silicon-based life illustration

FREAKY FUTURE Is silicon-based life (illustrated above) out there in the universe? The jury is still out — but with a little help from humans, life on Earth might be able to sprinkle a little silicon in with its carbon.

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