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

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Opinion: Microbial Mind Control—Truth or Scare?

By Katerina Johnson | May 1, 2018

Normal brain function may have evolved to depend on gut microbes and their metabolites.

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

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Image of the Day: Spammed by Hydra

By The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2018

A junk mail filter learned to pick out hydra’s complete set of behaviors by analyzing hours of video footage.

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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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Ali’s Journey

By The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2018

Ali Guthy, the daughter of cosmetics entrepreneur Victoria Jackson, discusses NMO, the rare autoimmune disease she suffers from.

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Among the Amish, c. 1960s

By Diana Kwon | May 1, 2018

Victor McKusick’s pioneering investigations provided insight into hereditary disorders.

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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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Book Excerpt from The Power of Rare

By Victoria Jackson and Michael Yeaman | May 1, 2018

In chapter 4, “Building a Cure Machine,” author Victoria Jackson reveals the challenges in launching a foundation focused on funding research on a rare disease.

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Bullets and Ballots

By Bob Grant | May 1, 2018

Researching the rare, but all-too-common, disease of gun violence in America will take a concerted political effort.

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