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Borrelia burgdorferi

SPECIAL BONDS  The corkscrew-shaped bacteria that cause Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi) attach themselves to the sides of blood vessels using special bonds that get stronger under stress. 

coffee

JAVA GENE  A study of Italian and Dutch people’s DNA revealed a new gene that may affect how much coffee people drink. The gene is involved in determining how well people process caffeine.

multiple myeloma in mouse bones

NO HOLES BARRED  Mouse femurs (shown in X-rays) with multiple myeloma growing in the bone marrow develop holes and weak spots (middle, red arrows). Treating mice with a drug that inhibits an enzyme responsible for kick-starting the destruction prevents much of the bone loss (right).

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