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Image of the Day: Henrietta Lacks

By The Scientist Staff | May 12, 2018

A painting of the woman who was the source of HeLa cells will be on view at the National Portrait Gallery beginning May 15.

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Bigger, older mothers produce disproportionately more eggs than their smaller counterparts do.

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image: Army Surgeons Grow Ear in Soldier’s Arm

Army Surgeons Grow Ear in Soldier’s Arm

By Catherine Offord | May 11, 2018

The woman’s own cartilage was used to construct the transplant after she lost her left ear in a car crash.

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image: Measles Cases On the Rise in England

Measles Cases On the Rise in England

By Jim Daley | May 11, 2018

The increase is associated with travel to Europe, where large outbreaks are occurring.

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The country’s health ministry and the World Health Organization rush to contain the new outbreak.

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If left unchecked, greenhouse gas emissions will drive ocean temperatures up, affecting wildlife in these regions.

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image: Opinion: How We Found a New Way to Detect “Hidden Sharks”

Opinion: How We Found a New Way to Detect “Hidden Sharks”

By Stefano Mariani and Judith Bakker | May 7, 2018

Given the speed and efficiency of environmental (eDNA) sampling, a much larger portion of the sea can be screened, in a shorter time, for patterns of diversity.

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

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Warmer weather is thought to be behind the rise in vector-borne illnesses in recent years.

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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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