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

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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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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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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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Caught on Camera

By The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2018

Selected rare-disease Images of the Day from the-scientist.com

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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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