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The start of flu season is still weeks or months away, but you can get a flu shot now at many pharmacies. "It's a way to get people into the store to buy other things," says Tom Charland, an analyst who tracks the walk-in clinic industry. Darron Cummings/AP hide caption

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A Scientist's Dream Fulfilled: Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer

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When a baby is born by cesarean section, she misses out on Mom's microbes in the birth canal. Sarah Small/Getty Images hide caption

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Researchers Test Microbe Wipe To Promote Babies' Health After C-Sections

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Neanderthals, represented here by a museum's reconstruction, had been living in Eurasia for 200,000 years when Homo sapiens first passed through, and the communities intermingled. The same genes that today play a role in allergies very likely fostered a quick response to local bacteria, viruses and other pathogens, scientists say. Pierre Andrieu/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Itchy Eyes? Sneezing? Maybe Blame That Allergy On Neanderthals

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Fetal Cells May Protect Mom From Disease Long After The Baby's Born

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Psyched that it's finally spring? Shifts in the season may affect more than your mood. Corbis hide caption

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Seasons May Tweak Genes That Trigger Some Chronic Diseases

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Kids, Allergies And A Possible Downside To Squeaky Clean Dishes

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Kathy Liu and her son Joey Xu talk to friends back home in Gainesville, Fla., from his hospital room in Cincinnati. Amanda Aronczyk/WNYC hide caption

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Son's Rare Cancer Leads Family On Quest For Cure

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David Vetter was born without a functioning immune system and spent his life in a bubble that protected him from germs. He died at age 12 in 1984. Scientists are using gene therapy to treat the disorder so that children can live normally. Science Source hide caption

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The genetic factors responsible for a cat's stripes might help researchers understand disease resistance in humans. kennymatic via Flickr hide caption

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Could Genes For Stripes Help Kitty Fight Disease?

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Bacteroides species are some of the most common bacteria in the human gut. Enviornmental Health Perspectives hide caption

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Thriving Gut Bacteria Linked To Good Health

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Finally, A Map Of All The Microbes On Your Body

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