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More About the Human Body

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    Beyond the Brain

    What goes on within the human skull is more complex and fantastic than anyone imagined. And scientists are finding ways to delve even deeper into what we know of the mind.

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    Mending Broken Hearts

    Cheeseburgers, smoking, stress—risk factors for heart disease, a malady reaching global epidemic proportions. Now, discoveries about genetic triggers may help us spot trouble before it starts.

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    Unmasking Skin

    Equal parts armor, air-conditioning system, and genetic heritage, skin is more than skin-deep. Scientists are probing beneath the surface of the body's largest organ.

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    Animal Attraction

    Males will do whatever it takes to win the mating game: sing, dance, fight a rival, build a house, give a gift. But in the end, it's usually the females who do the choosing.

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    The Human Cost of Sugar Harvesting

    Sugarcane harvesters in Nicaragua are being afflicted at an alarming rate with chronic kidney disease and the toll on the community has been grief and heartbreak for those suffering from the disease and for their families. Video.

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The Genographic Project

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    Genetics

    Learn about what's passed on from generation to generation with an interactive look at DNA.

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