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Monday, March 26, 2007

Today's Globe Health|Science: recipe for research, IVF twin hopes, 3-D stretch, E8, breast cancer surgeons

It takes patience, sacrifice, and lots of food to figure out whether something is really good for you, volunteers learn when they plunge into the world of diet and nutrition research at Tufts University, bellying up to the table in the name of science.

It's long been the Catch-22 of in-vitro fertilization: The chances of a successful pregnancy increase with the number of embryos implanted, but so does the likelihood of multiple pregnancies, which are riskier for both mother and offspring. Now a new study and a growing body of research suggest that, ultimately, implanting only one embryo is just as likely to lead to pregnancy.

Last week, Harvard's Initiative in Innovative Computing unveiled a modified version of 3D Slicer, a computer program developed to allow surgeons to explore an image of the body -- zooming in, rotating, and moving around as needed to see the terrain. The modified version lets researchers do the same thing with astronomical data, exploring space for interesting surprises.

Also in Health|Science: meeting mathematician David Vogan and shopping for a breast cancer surgeon.

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