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Experiments that showed how to make the H5N1 bird flu virus more contagious raised concern about malicious misuse of laboratory research. Science Photo Library/Getty Images hide caption

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The chip has not been tested in humans, but it has been used to heal wounds in mice. Wexner Medical Center/The Ohio State University hide caption

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The defensive mucus of the Arion subfuscus slug has inspired materials scientists trying to invent better medical adhesives. Nigel Cattlin/Visuals Unlimited/Getty Images hide caption

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Slug Slime Inspires Scientists To Invent Sticky Surgical Glue

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Scientists Are Not So Hot At Predicting Which Cancer Studies Will Succeed

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Kamni Vallabh helps her daughter Sonia get ready for her wedding, a few months before Kamni started showing symptoms of the prion disease that would kill her. Courtesy of Sonia Vallabh hide caption

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A Mother's Early Death Drives Her Daughter To Find A Treatment

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Fetuses in the third trimester responded more often to patterns that resembled faces than to patterns that did not. BSIP/UIG/Getty Images hide caption

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Fetuses Respond To Face-Like Patterns, Study Suggests

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Stories of outright misconduct are rare in science. But the pressures on researchers manifest in many more subtle ways, say social scientists studying the problem. Eva Bee/Getty Images hide caption

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How A Budget Squeeze Can Lead To Sloppy Science And Even Cheating

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Drugs That Work In Mice Often Fail When Tried In People

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How Flawed Science Is Undermining Good Medicine

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Using surrogate endpoints can speed up testing of new drugs, but doesn't always find out if they actually help patients. Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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EVATAR is a book-size lab system that can replicate a woman's reproductive cycle. Each compartment contains living tissue from a different part of the reproductive tract. The blue fluid pumps through each compartment, chemically connecting the various tissues. Courtesy of Northwestern University hide caption

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Device Mimicking Female Reproductive Cycle Could Aid Research

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