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Those keypads are teeming with microbes. (Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP)

Dirty Money

ATMs Dispense Germs and Drugs with Cash We live in a dirty world. Wherever we go, we are among microbes. Bacteria, fungi and viruses live on our phones, bus seats, door handles and park benches. We pass these tiny organisms to each other when we share a handshake or a seat on the
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We all love our sugar, especially during the holidays. But a study shows that the FGF21 hormone made in the liver suppresses consumption of simple sugars. (Photo: christmasxcite.com)

Sweet Tooth Control

Liver Hormone May Control “Sweet Tooth” We all love our sugar, especially during the holidays. Cookies, cake, and candy are simply irresistible. While sugar cravings are common, the physiological mechanisms that trigger our “sweet tooth” are not well defined. A study
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Genome sequencing could reveal rare and preventable diseases. (Photo: University of California San Francisco)

Devil in the Details

Genetic Testing May Help Prevent Diseases Would you want to know if you or your children had risk of hereditary cancer, a genetic risk for cardiovascular disease or carried the gene associated with developing Alzheimer’s disease – even if they were risks that wouldn’t be relevant
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