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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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The devices, which could one day treat children with esophageal atresia and short bowel, were recently tested in pigs.

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When the O’Neills learned that their daughter had Sanfilippo syndrome, a devastating rare disease, they created a GoFundMe campaign that raised $2 million in less than a year.

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Crowdfunding can power investigations into diseases that would otherwise receive little attention.

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image: Infographic: Rare Disease by the Numbers

Infographic: Rare Disease by the Numbers

By The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2018

How rare conditions and research spending on them compare with more common diseases.

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image: Slow March Toward a Canavan Cure

Slow March Toward a Canavan Cure

By Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2018

Two decades after a successful crowdfunding campaign, some clinical trial patients have seen improvements—but there’s still no approved treatment for the disease.

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Though Calliope Joy’s disease is too far progressed to be treatable, her parents have helped other children with metachromatic leukodystrophy get access to an experimental therapy.

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image: Preterm Labor May Be Sparked by Fetal Immune Reaction

Preterm Labor May Be Sparked by Fetal Immune Reaction

By Ruth Williams | April 25, 2018

Immune cells targeting maternal antigens are abundant in the blood of premature infants, suggesting fetal intolerance of mom may instigate early labor.  

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image: Children With Malaria Smell More Attractive to Mosquitoes

Children With Malaria Smell More Attractive to Mosquitoes

By Shawna Williams | April 17, 2018

The parasite changes people’s scent, primarily due to an increase in aldehydes.

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A new report estimates that 95 percent of people live in areas with dangerously high levels of fine particulate matter such as dust and soot.

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