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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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Forecasting Flu

What if the morning news could tell you the forecast for flu peaking in your city? Researchers are developing a technique that can predict this, and they're now running real-time forecasts with data from this flu season. Read article

Plant embryo. Short pieces of RNA (blue) and shoot-forming genes (green). Credit: Zachary R. Smith, Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

Remarkable RNAs

RNA is a versatile molecule that is involved in many essential cellular functions. Here's a quick rundown of types of RNA that scientists are discovering and learning more about. Read article

A light microscope image of the chromosomes in a dividing cell of an African globe lily. Credit: Andrew S. Bajer, University of Oregon, Eugene.

What Students Want to Know About Cells

During a live online chat, NIH scientists fielded questions from middle and high school students across the country about the cell and careers in research. Here's a sampling of the questions and answers. Read article

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Research in Action

Want to read about more cool research? Check out these cool images from NIGMS that have been featured in the National Science Foundation's "Research in Action" series published on LiveScience.

This page last reviewed on January 25, 2013