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The Origin of Wine

Imbibing the liquid of fermented fruit may have had its start in medicinal traditions

August 20, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

What is Sarcoidosis?

Could the mysterious disease that plagued comedian Bernie Mac for 25 years have played a role in his death?

August 12, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan

Adoptive Immunotherapy for Cancer

Also called cell-transfer therapy, it is one of a new class of approaches being developed to strengthen the innate ability of the immune system to fight cancer

May 1, 1990 — Steven A. Rosenberg

Telomeres, Telomerase and Cancer

An unusual enzyme called telomerase acts on parts of chromosomes known as telomeres. The enzyme has recently been found in many human tumors and is being eyed as a new target for cancer therapy...

— Carol W. Greider and Elizabeth H. Blackburn

A Very Personal Problem

Now personalized genetic medicine offers tests to avoid dangerous drug reactions—yet doctors are reluctant to use them

— Dina Fine Maron

Introducing Scientific American Health & Medicine

Introducing Scientific American Health & Medicine