Genes & Cells

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Brain mosaic artwork

IN THE MIX  The brain is a mosaic of cells, as illustrated in this artwork. A recent study suggests that individual neurons all operate from different genetic blueprints. 

Bronze age skeleton

MUMMY BONES  A Bronze Age skeleton excavated in southeastern England displays so little bacterial damage from decomposition that it must come from a body that was mummified shortly after death, a new study concludes. In this case, bone damage suggests the body was dried out in a smoke room.

child using an inhaler

GOOD BUGS  Getting the right infusion of gut microbes in the first three months after birth may reduce children’s risk of getting asthma (and the need for inhalers) later, a new study suggests.

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