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Minimal Toolkit for Stem Cell Self-Renewal

By | June 5, 2014

Researchers identify a network of a dozen transcription factors needed to maintain the pluripotent state of mouse embryonic stem cells. 

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No Pain, Big Gain

By | May 22, 2014

Eliminating a pain receptor makes mice live longer and keeps their metabolisms young.

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How the Octopus Keeps Its Arms Straight

By | May 15, 2014

Researchers uncover a self-recognition mechanism that prevents octopus limbs from becoming entangled, despite their powerful suction.

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Controlling Self-Awareness During Sleep

By | May 11, 2014

Changing neural activity in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain can cause a sleeper to become aware of her dreaming state, a study shows. 

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Exercise Can Erase Memories

By | May 8, 2014

Running causes rodents to forget their fears in part because of increased hippocampal neurogenesis, a study shows.

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Minis Ensure Synaptic Maturation

By | May 7, 2014

Once considered neurotransmission-related noise, scientists now show that the spontaneous release of presynaptic vesicles is imperative for the maturation of Drosophila synapses.

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More Doubt Cast Over Cardiac Stem Cells

By | May 7, 2014

Contrary to previous reports, cell lineage tracing reveals stem cells in the heart rarely contribute to new muscle.

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Exosomes Vital for Heart Repair

By | May 6, 2014

Reparations after a heart attack in mice depend not on stem cells, but on the exosomes they secrete.

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Rebuilding Missing Muscle

By | April 30, 2014

An acellular matrix can help guide stem cells to injury sites and regrow muscles in both mice and humans, a study finds.

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Another Way Fiber Is Filling

By | April 29, 2014

Acetate, a short-chain fatty acid released following the fermentation of dietary fiber in the gut, accumulates in the brain and can affect appetite in mice.

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