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Where Pain Lives
Fixing chronic back pain is possible only when patients understand how much it is produced by the brain, not the spine.

Cathryn Jakobson Ramin

Aeon, 2017

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Turning Piglets Into Personalized Avatars for Sick Kids
A team of scientists wants to accelerate research into a genetic disorder by using CRISPR to copy unique mutations from affected children into pigs.

Ed Yong

The Atlantic, 2017

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Emerging Disease in a Changing World
The Future of Medicine 2018

Melinda Wenner Moyer et al.

Scientific American, 2018

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The Organoid Architect
Han Clevers pioneered lab-built mini-organs that can serve as models of disease

Gunjan Sinha

Science, 2017

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Was There Ever Really a “Sugar Conspiracy”?
Twists and turns in science and policy are not necessarily products of malevolence

David Merritt Johns and Gerald M. Oppenheimer

Science, 2018

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Technology Quarterly: Targeting Tumours
In rich countries half of cancers are now survivable. And better understanding means that more cures are coming, says Natasha Loder.

The Economist

The Economist, 2017

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Killer Clones
Overgrowth of mutant blood cells is common in older people – and a risk factor for serious disease

Mitch Leslie

Science, 2017

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The Power of the Placebo
A recent study revealed that stents are likely ineffective at relieving chest pain. Why didn’t we know that?

Ethan Weiss

Slate, 2017

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Revolutionary Malaria Tests Have Unexpected Downsides
Despite rapid tests, health workers undertreat malaria – and overuse antibiotics – a big new study shows

Leslie Roberts

Science, 2017

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Omen in the Blood
A protein marker predicts health crises – but can it cause them?

Stephen S. Hall

Science, 2018

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