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

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Reprogrammed Cells Treat Diabetes in Mice

By Abby Olena | May 2, 2018

Researchers used a trio of transcription factors to transform pancreatic duct cells in vivo into β-like cells that secrete insulin and improve diabetes symptoms.

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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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The CEO of a biomedical startup had made headlines this year when he injected himself with an untested herpes vaccine in front of an audience.

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

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Research suggests that the invasive, all-female Procambarus virginalis originated in a German aquarium back in the 1990s.

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Rare Disease Geneticist: A Profile of Uta Francke

By Anna Azvolinsky | May 1, 2018

The Stanford University human geneticist identified the genes and genomic abnormalities underlying numerous rare diseases, including Rett  syndrome, and advanced the field of molecular diagnostics. 

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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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