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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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Ancient African DNA Hints at Eurasian Migration

By | October 13, 2015

A 4,500-year-old genome, extracted from the skeleton of an Ethiopian man, bears the marks of human migration from Europe back into Africa.

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Stem Cell Therapy In Utero

By | October 13, 2015

An upcoming clinical trial aims to correct for a disease of fragile bones in affected babies before they are born.

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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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Epigenetic Marks Tied to Homosexuality

By | October 8, 2015

In a small study of male twins, nine methylation sites helped researchers predict a person’s sexual orientation.

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Phase 3 Win for Gene Therapy

By | October 6, 2015

The treatment restored sight among people with an inherited visual impairment.

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New Way to Edit Genes

By | October 1, 2015

Researchers develop a more-efficient method for rewriting DNA that could hold therapeutic value for HIV and other diseases.

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CRISPR 2.0?

By | September 28, 2015

A pioneer of the gene-editing technique discovers a protein that could improve its accuracy.

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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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