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Research that ruled in 2016: Readers’ favorite stories

Dec. 16, 2016—Artificial kidneys, gay-straight alliances and junkyard batteries captured readers' attention in 2016.

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The myth that healthy foods cost more may have a negative impact on consumer choices

Dec. 1, 2016—The idea that healthy foods are universally more expensive drives consumer choices to a degree that it shouldn’t, according to a new Vanderbilt study.

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Unique premed program provides tools to understand social contexts for health

Nov. 30, 2016—Seniors who completed the program were as likely as traditional pre-med students to be accepted into medical school.

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‘Origami’ rapid malaria test receives Grand Challenges Explorations grant

Nov. 15, 2016—A novel "origami" rapid diagnostic test for malaria has received a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Bioluminescent sensor causes brain cells to glow in the dark

Oct. 27, 2016—A team of Vanderbilt scientists have genetically modified luciferase, the enzyme that produces bioluminescence, so that it acts as an optical sensor that records activity in brain cells.

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DNA damage response protein

Oct. 21, 2016—Vanderbilt researchers have determined that a previously uncharacterized protein responds to DNA replication stress and has an essential role in maintaining the integrity of the genome.

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Preparing for a return of pox

Oct. 20, 2016—To prepare for the potential of a smallpox return, Vanderbilt researchers are isolating and studying naturally occurring antibodies from the blood of previously infected or immunized people.

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EGF receptor found to regulate macrophage inflammation in gut

Oct. 13, 2016—Researchers at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine have uncovered a link between epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) signaling and the inflammatory response to bacterial infection in the gastrointestinal tract.

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Guidelines to help concussed students return to school

Oct. 13, 2016—Tennessee is about to join a handful of states with “Return to Learn” guidelines that recommend how to help students who have suffered concussions ease back into the classroom.

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Antidepressants’ heart impact less than expected: study

Oct. 13, 2016—A Vanderbilt University study published today in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry may help patients prescribed higher doses of certain antidepressants feel better about attributed cardiac risks.

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Nikon Center of Excellence for live-cell imaging makes debut

Oct. 13, 2016—Officials of Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and Nikon Instruments Inc. last week celebrated the opening of the Vanderbilt Nikon Center of Excellence, which features state-of-the-art microscopy for live-cell imaging.

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Virus carrying DNA of black widow spider toxin discovered

Oct. 11, 2016—DNA related to black widow spider toxin been discovered in a phage that infects the bacterial parasite Wolbachia. It is the first time animal-like DNA has been found in a bacterial virus.

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