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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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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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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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Almost half of all patents relating to the genes of marine organisms belong to one large international corporation, BASF, a new study reveals.  

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Cell Transplant Trial for Spinal Injury Is Safe

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2018

The first human experiment with neural precursor cells implanted to treat chronic spinal cord injury suggests the procedure is safe, and hints at a small benefit.  

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Understanding the factors that influence spillover could help forecast future epidemics.  

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Predicting Future Zoonotic Disease Outbreaks

By Ashley Yeager | June 1, 2018

A step-by-step study of diseases that jump species gives subtle clues about future epidemics.

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Doctors treated the fetus, who has alpha thalassemia major, with cells from her mother’s bone marrow.

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Patent On Autism Genetic Test May Stifle Science

By Jessica Wright | May 30, 2018

LabCorp might be able to charge a licensing fee to any scientists who wish to sequence the gene HOMER1 in people who may have autism.

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The finding confirms that a cluster of cells that directs the fate of other cells in the developing embryo is evolutionarily conserved across the animal kingdom.

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