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Reprogramming Hair Cells

By | February 22, 2017

Researchers isolate stem cells from the mouse cochlea and convert them into auditory hair cells, potentially paving the way for therapies to treat hearing loss.

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“Waviness” Protects Nerves When Whale Mouths Stretch

By | February 21, 2017

Rorqual whales’ mouths can stretch to more than double their length without causing damage, thanks to two layers of neuronal coiling. 

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Cytoskeletons Direct Hydra Regeneration

By | February 10, 2017

Although hydra are known for regenerating even under the most dire circumstances, disrupting their cytoskeletal structures can interfere with the process, scientists show.

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Researchers are using the tissue, synthesized with human pluripotent stem cells and implanted into mice, to study a rare form of Hirschprung’s disease.

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Q&A: Improving Cardiac Cell Therapy

By | November 15, 2016

The Scientist caught up with cardiac stem cell researcher Mark Sussman to get his thoughts on the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions meeting.

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Donor Stem Cells Improve Cardiac Function

By | October 12, 2016

After a heart attack, monkeys given induced pluripotent stem cell–derived cardiomyocytes show more regeneration in the organ, but with risks.

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Blind Mice Regain Vision

By | July 11, 2016

A combination of visual stimulation and chemical growth promotion leads damaged retinal nerves to regenerate in mice.

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“Second Skin” for Wrinkle Reduction, Drug Delivery

By | May 11, 2016

Researchers produce an artificial layer of “skin” that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and could improve pharmaceutical delivery for topically applied treatments.

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Pluripotency Bots

By | January 1, 2016

A tour of efforts to automate the production and differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells

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Family Ties

By | December 1, 2015

There’s more to inheritance than genes.

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