Perspectives in Research

It’s a Twin Thing

It’s a Twin Thing

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In NASA’s most comprehensive study ever on the physiological and molecular consequences of living in space for a prolonged period of time, scientists from across the country collaborated to investigate various aspects of human biology using samples from famous twin astronauts, Scott and Mark Kelly. Though a handful of astronauts had previously lived in space(...)

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Cancer and the Mutation Paradox

Cancer and the Mutation Paradox

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It has long been known — thanks largely to work by Johns Hopkins’ own Bert Vogelstein — that cancer is a disease generally caused by an accumulation of genetic mutations. This is sometimes referred to as the somatic mutation theory.1 This hypothesis states that each time a cell divides and grows, there are opportunities for(...)

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Johns Hopkins Police Bill Signed into Law, Despite Student and Community Objections

Johns Hopkins Police Bill Signed into Law, Despite Student and Community Objections

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For years, a fence stood between the Johns Hopkins medical campus and the East Baltimore community. While the physical barrier has been torn down, Johns Hopkins is now pursuing a new way to insulate itself from the surrounding community: a private police force. The police department swelled into a contentious issue over the last year(...)

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Persistent Parasite Proteins: How Protein Clearance in Malaria Infection Can Impact Diagnostics

Persistent Parasite Proteins: How Protein Clearance in Malaria Infection Can Impact Diagnostics

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Finding new treatments for infectious diseases is often the focus of clinical research, but recent research has demonstrated the importance of both developing and improving diagnostic tools in the fight against malaria. Malaria is a disease caused by the parasite Plasmodium falciparum, and mosquitoes spread it. In 2017, there were over 219 million cases of(...)

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Is Cough Syrup an Antidepressant?

Is Cough Syrup an Antidepressant?

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Everything from shrooms and weed to molly and ketamine — once known mainly as party drugs — is finding a place in clinical trials for depression and other mental health conditions. Precisely how they work on the brain, however, strays wildly from prescription antidepressants. In doing so, these drugs are challenging traditional ideas of how(...)

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