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A Fly on the Wall

By | July 19, 2013

A geneticist-turned-filmmaker is making a movie set in Columbia University’s famous Fly Room, where the foundations for modern genetics were laid.

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Italian Stem Cell Controversy

By | July 16, 2013

Italian government officials and scientists clashed last week with a controversial stem cell researcher over details of an upcoming clinical trial.

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Week in Review, July 8–12

By | July 12, 2013

Editor accused of fraud leaves post; the good and the bad of gut microbiota; bacterial gene shuffle; legal restrictions hamper illicit drug research; antibodies and autism

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Gene Therapy Coming of Age?

By | July 11, 2013

Using lentiviral vectors to replace mutated genes in blood stem cells, scientists successfully treat two rare diseases apparently without causing harmful side effects.

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Girl with Synthetic Trachea Dies

By | July 9, 2013

After receiving a bioengineered windpipe, which was seeded with her own stem cells, the 2-year-old has succumbed to complications from a recent surgery.

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Stem-Cell Heart Repair Questioned

By | July 8, 2013

A new analysis finds hundreds of discrepancies in publications from a German researcher who claims to have repaired diseased hearts using stem-cell therapy.  

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Week in Review, July 1–5

By | July 5, 2013

Fraudulent journal editor?; fat cells detect temp, generate heat; the importance of social media in science communication; functional livers from iPSCs; antibiotics damage mitochondria

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Livers Created from Stem Cells

By | July 3, 2013

Scientists have made the first functional, vascularized livers from human induced pluripotent stem cells.

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Dodgy Data Underpin Stem Cell Trial

By | July 3, 2013

The patent application behind a controversial Italian treatment for neurodegenerative disease may contain duplicated images.

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In Chapter 3, “From Mating to Conception,” author Robert Martin explores the question of why humans and other primates frequently engage in sexual intercourse when females are not fertile.

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