Q&A: A Tube of DNA? Not Pretty, but That’s Life

Q. If I had a test tube of pure DNA, what would it look like? A. The extraction of DNA from a biological sample is relatively easy, and there are test tubes of DNA in colleges, schools and forensic laboratories around the world. Even kits for schoolroom use are readily available. DNA is a water-soluble…

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Medical News Today: What are the side effects of radiation for breast cancer?

One common and effective treatment for breast cancer is radiation therapy. However, it does have some side effects. A doctor may recommend radiation therapy in combination with other treatments, such as surgery and chemotherapy. There are two main types of radiation treatment: External beam radiation: This involves a doctor applying radiation from an external machine…

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Medical News Today: What to know about constipation after surgery

Surgical procedures are stressful on the body. As a result, they can cause unexpected side effects, including constipation. Constipation does not affect everyone who has surgery, but it is a relatively common side effect of pain medications, anesthesia, and a lack of mobility. Depending on which body part or parts the surgery involved, straining to…

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Take a Number: Amputations and Lacerations: Your Front Lawn Is a Jungle

The accident typically happens on a spring or summer weekend, mostly to men, and the results can be severe: lacerations, fractures and even amputations. From 2006 to 2013, an estimated 51,151 people were injured while mowing the lawn, and 12,243 of them wound up losing a body part. In a study published in the journal…

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Five Weeknight Dishes: Reward Your Future Self

Hi! I’m Emily, here with Five Weeknight Dishes, though today it’s more like Five Weeknight Dishes and a Bonus Make-Ahead. On Sunday evening, facing down a busy week, I decided to catch up on podcasts and make a batch of chili (have you ever made this amazing recipe by Julia Moskin?), something to have in…

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Check In: In Saranac Lake, N.Y., the Rebirth of a Classic Hotel

Rates From $179. Prices likely to spike higher in the autumn and spring. Basics Fall in the Adirondack Mountains is a time of generalized confliction. Coming in search of outdoor tranquillity, you might find yourself vying for a piece of the six million-acre park that more than 10 million visitors have come to enjoy (roughly…

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One Year After #MeToo, Examining a Collective Awakening

Gender Letter helps you keep up with the world, and the women shaping it. Tell me what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com. One year ago today, The New York Times published a landmark investigation about how Harvey Weinstein had for decades paid off sexual harassment accusers. Culturally, the article hit like a meteor, drastically altering the…

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City Kitchen: A Better Meatloaf? Add Tomato Sauce and Cheese

Usually I go to the market or grocery store for inspiration, buy whatever looks most tantalizing and head home to make dinner. Other times, I have a more-or-less fixed idea of what I want, but haven’t fine-tuned it. The other day, I wanted meatloaf, but not any old meatloaf. I didn’t want an American-style version,…

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Up Next: Indie Pop Artist Gus Dapperton Taps Into ’90s Style and Sound

Name: Gus Dapperton Age: 21 Hometown: Warwick, N.Y. Currently Lives: With his parents in Long Branch, N.J., where he can focus on making music. Claim to Fame: Mr. Dapperton is a musician, songwriter, producer and designer known for his youthful, ’90s-inflected videos. “I’m very interested in writing songs that go with a visual,” he said.…

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