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Clockworks

Sixteen years after scientists found the genes that control the circadian clock in all cells, the lab of UNC’s Aziz Sancar discovers the mechanisms responsible for keeping our internal clocks in sync...
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Just Add Liver

A tale of viruses, stem cells, and global health...
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Your Brain on Electricity

Something much subtler than ECT could be the new way to treat mental illness...
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The Two-Photon Future

UNC neuroscientist Spencer Smith creates a new kind of microscope to study the brain like never before...
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The Root of the Problem

What is food insecurity? And why is it an issue in an agricultural state like North Carolina?...
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Grow your own way

UNC researchers are helping Warren County officials find ways to boost local business without sacrificing their rural quality of life...
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The Signal and the Noise

Henrik Dohlman discovered why seemingly identical cells might react differently to the drugs we use to battle diseases...
Scan of mice bones showing the level of fat in bone marrow. Far left: femur bones in sedentary mice fed a regular diet. This bone shows a medium amount of bone marrow fat. Second from left: exercising mice fed a regular diet. This shows very little amount of bone marrow fat. Third from left: sedentary mice fed a high-fat diet. This bone shows the highest amount of bone marrow fat. Far right: mice fed a high-fat diet but allowed to exercise. This bone shows a medium amount of bone marrow fat, although slightly higher than the far left bone.

Fat of the Bone

Maya Styner shows how a high-fat diet, exercise, and diabetes medications can change the insides of our bones...
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The Business of Bugs

Microbes bring agricultural biotechnology to the Triangle...
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It’s the Mucins that Matter

UNC Marsico Lung Institute researchers overturn a controversial study and show how too many mucin proteins in mucus can worsen cystic fibrosis...

Stop the pain before it starts

UNC researchers have discovered a new target for chronic pain treatment...
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The birds and the bees—in text messages

A journalism PhD student helps market a new kind of sex ed...