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Antibiotic-resistant germs can thrive in the presence of these drugs. Lightspring/Shutterstock.com

How to train the body’s own cells to combat antibiotic resistance

Our bodies have a set of defenses that are finely tuned for killing invading microbes. With rising cases of drug-resistant bacteria, maybe boosting our natural defenses is the best medicine.
Different genes drive cancer growth in males and females. Imagentle/Shutterstock.com

When it comes to brain tumors, a patient’s sex matters

Male and female tumors are different. Researchers are now hoping to exploit these sex-specific differences to treat brain cancer. This might improve survival for everyone.
Cancer precision targeting at the Systems Biology and Cancer Metabolism Laboratory. Credit: Systems Biology and Cancer Metabolism Laboratory. Fabian V. Filipp

Can the study of epigenomics lead to personalized cancer treatment?

A field called epigenomics looks at chemical modifications that do not change our DNA sequence but can affect gene activity. What are the limitations, and can biomedicine use this to our advantage?

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