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Super-Stretchy Hydrogel Can Take a Hit

A polymer network made of alginate and polyacrylamide is the most resilient yet and could be used in replacement cartilage or scaffolding for artificial organs

September 6, 2012 — Katharine Sanderson and Nature magazine

Voices of ENCODE [Video]

ENCODE's lead coordinator, Ewan Birney, and Nature editor Magdalena Skipper talk about the challenges of managing a colossal genetics project and what we've learnt about the human genome.

September 5, 2012 — Nature magazine

A TB Test You Can Do at Home

A new fluorescent probe can detect tuberculosis bacteria using a homemade light box and a mobile-phone camera

September 4, 2012 — Alyssa Joyce and Nature magazine

Antibiotics Linked to Weight Gain

Changes in the gut microbiome from low-dose antibiotics caused mice to gain weight. Similar alterations in humans taking antibiotics, especially children, might be adding to the obesity epidemic

August 27, 2012 — Amy Maxmen and Nature magazine

E. Coli Strain Linked to Cancer in Mice

The DNA-damaging bacterium is found to flourish in the guts of mice with inflammatory bowel disease, putting them at higher risk for colorectal cancer

August 17, 2012 — Ewen Callaway and Nature magazine

U.S. Swine Flu Outbreak Spikes

A total of 145 patients has been diagnosed in recent weeks with a strain of the H3N2 animal influenza virus, but it likely has not yet evolved the ability to transmit efficiently between humans

August 14, 2012 — Helen Thompson and Nature magazine