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Debate Over Stem Cell Effectiveness

By Ed Yong | January 9, 2013

Reprogrammed stem cells are not attacked by the immune system, or are they?

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Evolution by Splicing

By Ruth Williams | December 20, 2012

Comparing gene transcripts from different species reveals surprising splicing diversity.

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Conserved Chromatin?

By Ed Yong | December 10, 2012

Archaea packages DNA around histones in a similar way to eukaryotes, suggesting that fitting a large genome into a small space was not the original role of chromatin.


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A Root Cause of Parkinson’s

By Ruth Williams | November 15, 2012

Misfolded α-synuclein proteins promote the spread of Parkinson’s pathology in mouse brains.

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BioTime Seeks Geron Stem Cell Assets

By Vicki Brower | November 13, 2012

Two former Geron CEOs make a bid for the company’s defunct human embryonic stem cell business.

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Viruses Affect Cell Reprogramming

By Sabrina Richards | October 25, 2012

Viral vectors used to carry transcription factors that de-differentiate cells into a stem-cell-like state are themselves a key factor in efficient reprogramming.


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Moss Harbors Foreign Genes

By Ed Yong | October 23, 2012

Genes from fungi, bacteria, and viruses may have helped mosses and other plants to colonize the land.


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New Culprit for Parkinson’s?

By Dan Cossins | October 17, 2012

Scientists use human stem cells to show that nuclear defects may play a role in Parkinson’s disease, and suggest a way to reverse the problem.


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Stem Cells Myelinate Human Brain

By Sabrina Richards | October 10, 2012

In a Phase I trial, researchers show that neural stem cells transplanted into humans can differentiate and begin producing myelin.


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Cell Re-Programmers Take the Nobel

By Beth Marie Mole | October 8, 2012

John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka win this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine for learning how to reboot cellular development. 


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