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The organs showed neural activity for up to 36 hours, adding fuel to discussions about the ethics of future neuroscientific research.

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The devices, which could one day treat children with esophageal atresia and short bowel, were recently tested in pigs.

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image: Is the Interstitium Really a New Organ?

Is the Interstitium Really a New Organ?

By Abby Olena | March 28, 2018

A study confirms that the spaces between cells are fluid-filled, rather than tightly packed with connective tissue, but pathologists say the findings’ implications remain to be seen.

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Image of the Day: Cold Hearted 

By The Scientist Staff | January 22, 2018

Cardiologists have found a way to cool the human heart in a localized way to help reduce muscle damage from heart attacks. 

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Reuters sheds light on the largely unregulated trade of human body parts taken from human cadavers donated for science. 

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Image of the Day: Beetle Penis 

By The Scientist Staff | December 22, 2017

Scientists look to a leaf beetle’s genitals for lessons on improving catheter strength.  

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Image of the Day: Goo for Growing Organoids

By The Scientist Staff | October 24, 2017

Scientists engineered a synthetic, nutrient-rich gel that feeds growing organoids as they mature from human pluripotent stem cells into 3-D bowels.

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Image of the Day: Heart Shapes

By The Scientist Staff | September 29, 2017

High-resolution MRI reveals that human fetal hearts rapidly develop their major structures within a four-day period.

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image: Engineered Human Liver Tissue Grows in Mice

Engineered Human Liver Tissue Grows in Mice

By Anna Azvolinsky | July 19, 2017

Tissue “seeds” made up of three cell types and patterned onto a scaffold develop into complex structures with some organ function, researchers show.

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Will Organs-in-a-Dish Ever Replace Animal Models?

By Tanya Lewis | July 19, 2016

Increasingly sophisticated tissue organoids can model many aspects of disease, but animal studies retain a fundamental role in research, scientists say. 

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