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Inside Life Science

This series brings you inside the science of health. Each story shows how basic biomedical research—from the history of a field to the people doing cutting-edge work today—lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Through explorations of how the body works and highlights from recent studies, you’ll discover even more on what scientists have found and are finding about fundamental life processes. NIGMS supported all of the featured research.

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Genetic change that causes myotonic dystrophy type 2. Credit: Ilyas Yildirim, Northwestern University.

Basic Research Fuels Medical Advances

This image may look complicated, but it tells a fairly straightforward tale about basic research: Learning more about basic life processes can pave the way for medical and other advances.
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Bacterial proteins. Credit: Video segment courtesy of the American Chemistry Council

Bleach vs. Bacteria

Chlorine bleach has been used as a disinfectant for hundreds of years, but our bodies have been using its active component to help kill invading bacteria for millennia. Details about how bleach kills-and how bacteria can survive the attack-may lead to the development of new drugs.
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Fat cells. Credit: David Gregory and Debbie Marshall. All rights reserved by Wellcome Images.

Capitalizing on Cellular Conversations

Living things are constantly communicating using chemical signals that course through their systems. By following the dialogue, researchers are learning more about how such cellular conversations affect health and disease. Read article

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This page last reviewed on April 18, 2014