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Growing Placenta-Generating Cells

By | October 14, 2015

Researchers derive trophoblast stem cells from mouse fibroblasts, paving the way for cell therapy for placental dysfunction diseases.

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Explaining Elephants’ Cancer Resistance

By | October 13, 2015

Two studies reveal that the giant mammals have dozens of extra copies of a cancer-preventing gene.

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Scientists Skip Cell Line Validation

By | October 12, 2015

Despite known problems with contamination and mislabeled cell lines, most researchers continue to operate without authenticating cells’ identity.

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Polar Dino Discovered

By | September 28, 2015

Researchers working in Alaska, above the Arctic Circle, have unearthed the northernmost species of dinosaur ever found.

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New Virus Discovered in Human Blood

By | September 23, 2015

Researchers identify a novel virus in blood samples taken in the 1970s.

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Tree of Life v1.0

By | September 22, 2015

Researchers map 2.3 million species in a single phylogeny. 

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Alleged Scoop Sours Magnetoreceptor Collaboration

By | September 21, 2015

University administrators request a retraction upon learning that one researcher scooped another’s results despite having agreed not to.

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Gel Heals Heart Attack Injury

By | September 17, 2015

A collagen patch seeded with a regenerative protein helps mice and pigs regain cardiac function after a heart attack.

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Direct-to-Consumer Liquid Biopsy

By | September 13, 2015

Some doctors advise shoppers to be skeptical of a newly marketed cancer diagnostic.

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Influential Cancer Biologist Dies

By | August 24, 2015

Chris Marshall, who pieced together a critical signaling pathway involved in cancer, has passed away at age 66.

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