Richard Harris Award-winning journalist Richard Harris reports on biomedical research for NPR's newsmagazines, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
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A color-enhanced spiral CT image of the chest shows a large cancerous mass (in yellow) in the left upper lobe. Medical Body Scans/Science Source hide caption

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Lung Cancer Screening Program Finds A Lot That's Not Cancer

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Research with living systems is never simple, scientists say, so there are many possible sources of variation in any experiment, ranging from the animals and cells to the details of lab technique. Tom Werner/Getty Images hide caption

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What Does It Mean When Cancer Findings Can't Be Reproduced?

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Study Reveals Potential Conflict Of Interest In Patient Advocacy Funding

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Electronic Health Records May Help Customize Medical Treatments

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Danish Study Links Fish Oil During Pregnancy With Lower Asthma Risk In Kids

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Cyclosporine is one of the drugs that organ transplant patients take so the body won't reject the organ. Brendan Gates/Flickr hide caption

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Medicare Pays For A Kidney Transplant, But Not The Drugs To Keep It Viable

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The mumps virus is on the loose. Cases are popping up in Arkansas, Iowa and Illinois. Alissa Eckert/CDC hide caption

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Mumps Bump: Cases Rise In Iowa, Illinois And Arkansas

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Results from different genetic tests on samples from the same cancer patient can disagree about the best course of treatment. Clare McLean/University of Washington School of Medicine hide caption

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Emmanuelle Charpentier (left) and Jennifer Doudna have a case for being the inventors of CRISPR-cas9, a transformative tool for gene editing. Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists Battle In Court Over Lucrative Patents For Gene-Editing Tool

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Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and Rep. Fred Upton (right), R-Mich., who have spearheaded the 21st Century Cures Act, speak after a 2015 House of Representatives vote in its favor. Congressional Quarterly/CQ-Roll Call, Inc./Getty Images hide caption

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Congress Poised To Pass Sweeping Law Covering FDA And NIH

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Big Data Coming In Faster Than Biomedical Researchers Can Process It

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Patients Increasingly Influence The Direction Of Medical Research

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The federal government spends more than $30 billion a year to fund the National Institutes of Health. What changes are in store under a new administration? NIH/Flickr hide caption

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Yes, getting exercise and eating right can significantly cut your risk of developing heart disease, a study finds, even if you inherited genes that predispose you to the illness. Getty Images hide caption

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