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Women Receive Lab-Grown Vaginas

By | April 14, 2014

Doctors implant custom-made organs, built from a tissue sample and a biodegradable scaffold, into four female patients born with underdeveloped or missing vaginas.

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Sebelius Out at HHS

By | April 11, 2014

President’s budget chief set to take over as the US Department of Health and Human Services secretary resigns after ushering the launch of Obamacare.

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Mapping Gene Expression in the Fetal Brain

By | April 2, 2014

Researchers complete an atlas depicting gene expression across the developing human brain.

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image: Birth Defects Marked End of Mammoths

Birth Defects Marked End of Mammoths

By | March 26, 2014

New research suggests that the wooly beasts may have succumbed to a shrinking gene pool or intense environmental pressures as their species went extinct.

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Funders Fight Re-Identification

By | March 25, 2014

Four UK research funding agencies firm up their stance against deliberate attempts by researchers to re-identify supposedly anonymous study participants.

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image: <em>BRCA1</em> Linked to Brain Size

BRCA1 Linked to Brain Size

By | March 20, 2014

The breast cancer-associated gene may play a protective role in neural stem cells, a mouse study finds.

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Top US Scientific Misconduct Official Quits

By | March 14, 2014

The director of the Office of Research Integrity, the federal agency that investigates scientific misconduct, resigns after two years on the job.

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UK To Legalize Three-Parent IVF?

By | March 3, 2014

Regulators in England near the approval of a new mitochondrial replacement technique for creating embryos with less risk of developing certain heritable diseases.

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A Twist of Fate

By | March 1, 2014

Once believed to be irrevocably differentiated, mature cells are now proving to be flexible, able to switch identities with relatively simple manipulation.

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image: FDA Considers Three-Way Babies

FDA Considers Three-Way Babies

By | February 26, 2014

The agency is soliciting opinions on a new technology that has the potential to circumvent mitochondrial diseases by producing embryos using DNA from three people.

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