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The flow of calcium and potassium ions keeps muscles contracting in the diaphragms of neonatal mice, but if a key protein receptor is missing, fatigue sets in more quickly.

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Infographic: Getting Synapses Ready to Fire

By Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2018

A new study reveals more about the role of specialized Schwann cells at junctions between neurons and muscle cells.

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Genetic Mutation Linked to Cot Death

By Catherine Offord | March 29, 2018

Alterations to a protein involved in breathing may help explain some cases of sudden infant death syndrome, a study finds.

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image: Image of the Day: Muscle Bouquet 

Image of the Day: Muscle Bouquet 

By The Scientist Staff | January 16, 2018

Lab-grown muscle stem cells from mice mimic the formation of muscle fibers in vivo. 

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image: Dogs with Duchenne Treated with Gene Therapy

Dogs with Duchenne Treated with Gene Therapy

By Diana Kwon | July 25, 2017

Researchers restored muscle function in animals with muscular dystrophy.

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Image of the Day: Transformers

By The Scientist Staff | February 10, 2017

These facial muscle cells were genetically reprogrammed into beating heart cells.

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Viral Protein Boosts Muscle Mass in Male Mice

By Jef Akst | September 14, 2016

An endogenous retrovirus that supports placenta formation in females also helps male mice build muscle, according to a study.

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Proprioceptive Receptors

By Uwe Proske and Simon Gandevia | September 1, 2016

Feedback from muscle spindles and tendon organs provides information about where our bodies are in space and whether or not they are moving.

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Immune Cells' Roles in Tissue Maintenance and Repair

By Waleed Rahmani, Sarthak Sinha, and Jeff Biernaskie | July 1, 2016

The cells of the mammalian immune system do more than just fight off pathogens; they are also important players in stem cell function and are thus crucial for maintaining homeostasis and recovering from injury.

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Latest on Disputed “Youthful” Protein

By Kerry Grens | April 4, 2016

Studies reach conflicting conclusions on GDF11 as a rejuvenating factor.

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