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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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Low levels of a biochemical process involved in fat breakdown predicts weight gain and metabolic complications more than a decade later.

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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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The extracellular matrix appears to inhibit regeneration; but scientists debate whether heart muscle really comes back.  

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Image of the Day: Swiss Army Crustacean

By The Scientist Staff | May 2, 2018

The tools researchers used to study how this amphipod’s limbs develop could help inform our understanding of cell lineages and fates.

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Big Data in 3 Dimensions

By Jim Daley | May 1, 2018

Viewing oncogenic mutations in 3-D showed that they cluster together on folded proteins.

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Researchers stumbled across the connection while searching for ways to reduce vision problems in people with achromatopsia.

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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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A trio of papers provide new insight into embryo development.

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