Controversial study shows how dangerous forms of avian influenza could evolve in the wild
A look at some of the most promising medical devices now in development
Scientists are engineering bacteria to transport nanoparticles and drugs
A substantial number of risky devices are cleared for medical use without clinical testing, including some hip implants, surgical mesh, heart valve rings and defibrillator leads
Poor training in use of tests is part of the issue. Microbiology companies could help by revealing the exact composition of their test media, which might help improve understanding of tests' limitations...
Characterizing the most virulent versions of MRSA may help researchers to battle the bug with vaccines
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Letters to the editor from the January 2012 issue of Scientific American
Certain artificial genetic polymers, or 'XNAs,' could bind and inhibit proteins, including those involved in macular degeneration, or resemble Earth's earliest genetic molecules
While health officials wage a costly war on obesity and diabetes, taxpayers are subsidizing foods that make us fatter. It's time to rewrite the farm bill
Rabbits with brain injuries hop again after treatment--synthetic molecules affixed with an anti-inflammatory drug--crosses the blood brain barrier
A blood test based on 11 genetic markers could make early-onset diagnosis easier and possibly relieve the stigma of depression
In most cases, identifying mutations will not point to medical treatments, let alone cures. But scientists say the importance of a diagnosis should not be discounted
Here, you can read Scientific American 's articles about important new medical technologies just around the corner and in the more distant future, as mentioned in the May 2012 issue...
Patterns of brain activity reflect our character
Fathomable Pharmaceuticals: Will Cameron's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Yield Breakthrough Drugs?
The moviemaker's expedition to the Mariana Trench could usher in a new type of undersea lab that extracts chemical compounds from microorganisms living in the deepest parts of the sea
How can we feed a growing population while at the same time coping with the impacts of climate change on agriculture?