What do flu shots and erectile dysfunction have in common?

The answer: cancer therapy. Tumor removal is an invasive and stressful process for the body. After surgery, it's common for some straggling cancer cells to be left behind. With one's system in such a vulnerable state, the body's immune system often can't keep these rogue cells from spreading and causing the cancer to come back. …

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Mother Nature, the ultimate drug designer: why are we still using cheap synthetic compounds?

“I did not invent penicillin. Nature did that. I only discovered it by accident.” - Alexander Fleming Natural products – chemicals produced by organisms in nature – have been the basis of medicine for centuries. Aspirin is based on a chemical in willow tree bark. Morphine comes from the opium plant. Penicillin was discovered in a mold. Nature …

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Random Biology: 10 fun facts you never knew you cared about

I know this blog's purpose is to help you learn how to improve your scientific literacy, argue with people who are anti-vaccine, etc... but its other purpose is to talk about the fun side of science. So enjoy some random biology facts below, and become instantly more fun at parties. (And hey, it can't hurt …

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