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Food that shapes you: how diet can change your epigenome

By Cristina Florean

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You are what you eat – quite literally. Our diet can influence the tiny changes in our genome that underlie several diseases, including cancer and obesity.

Making the right moves

By Sarah Mclusky

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Cell’s movements are important in health and diseases, but their speed is the crucial point for the 2013 World Cell Race organised by Daniel Irimia.

Inspired by nature: modern drugs

By David Sucunza

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Many naturally occurring compounds are useful in medicine – but they can be fabulously expensive to obtain from their natural sources. New scientific methods of synthesis and production are overcoming this problem.

Purple fumes: the importance of iodine

By Frithjof C Küpper, Martin C Feiters, Berit Olofsson, Tatsuo Kaiho, Shozo Yanagida, Michael B Zimmermann, Lucy J Carpenter, George W Luther III, Zunli Lu, Mats Jonsson & Lars Kloo

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Iodine, with its characteristic purple vapours, has myriad applications – from the familiar disinfectant to innovative solar cells.

Monastic medicine: medieval herbalism meets modern science

By Susan Watt and Eleanor Hayes

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A group of German researchers is bringing to light the medicinal wisdom of the Middle Ages.

Life without the Moon: a scientific speculation

By Erin Tranfield

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Soaring temperatures, a flooded landscape, violent winds…. What would our planet be like without the Moon?

A thermometer that goes to 200 million degrees

By Phil Dooley, EFDA-JET

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Measuring the temperature inside a fusion reactor is no easy task. Find out how it’s done – and even simulate it in the classroom.

Spinal cord injury: do stem cells have the answer?

By Andrew Brown

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Spinal cord injury typically causes permanent paralysis and is currently a condition without a cure. Could stem cell therapy provide hope?

Weighing up the evidence: what is a kilo?

By Eleanor Hayes and Marlene Rau

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We all know what a kilogram is – or do we? Researchers worldwide are working to define precisely what this familiar unit is.

The changing face of orthodontics

By Sophie and Georges Rozencweig

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Many of us have had our teeth straightened with braces. Few people know, however, that orthodontics involves a great deal of fundamental science and fast-moving technology.

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