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Scientists engineered human cells to produce a molecule that stimulates insulin secretion in the presence of caffeine.

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Dopamine Neuron Implants Ease Parkinson’s Symptoms in Monkeys

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 20, 2018

The stem cell–derived transplants were stable for 24 months and led to wide-ranging behavioral improvements in the monkeys.  

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Deadly Wasting Syndrome Genetically Altered Sea Stars: Study

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 19, 2018

The surviving animals may have evolved genes that provided an advantage in fighting the disease.  

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Image of the Day: Multiple Choice

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 19, 2018

Photosynthesis can happen in more than one way.  

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Pancreatic Cell Size Negatively Relates to Lifespan in Mammals

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 19, 2018

Species with larger pancreatic cells tend to have shorter lives, according to a study.  

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What we can know about biology before the last universal common ancestor is limited—and we should be circumspect in filling in the gaps.

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Image of the Day: Memory Jogger

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 12, 2018

Scientists can livestream how the mouse brain’s hippocampus maps the physical world and accesses those memories.  

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Organic Compounds Found in Martian Soil

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 11, 2018

Researchers also found seasonal variations in atmospheric methane on the planet that may have a geological or biological origin.  

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Image of the Day: Older and Wiser

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 8, 2018

As the years go by, seabirds such as gannets get better at foraging.  

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Blood Test Predicts Pregnancy Due Date

By Kerry Grens | June 7, 2018

A small study based on circulating RNA in the blood of moms-to-be describes a technique that could be used to help predict who’s most at risk of preterm labor.

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