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A study of a simple marine animal suggests that the common ancestor of cnidarians and bilaterians may have had three germ layers instead of two.

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image: Stem Cells Seek Out Tumors Based on Stiffness

Stem Cells Seek Out Tumors Based on Stiffness

By Shawna Williams | July 26, 2017

The technique, demonstrated in mice using engineered mesenchymal stem cells, has potential for both diagnosis and treatment.

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Research shows that human immunity develops much earlier than previously thought, but functions differently in adults.

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These engineered “cells” were made from the secretions and membranes of human mesenchymal stem cells.

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See researchers' recipe for synthetic mesenchymal stem cells, which showed cardiac regenerative potential in mice.

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The 19th century biologist’s drawings, tainted by scandal, helped bolster, then later dismiss, his biogenetic law.

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Time-lapse imaging shows the immune cells transferring chemical signals during pigment pattern formation in developing zebrafish.

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Infographic: How the Zebrafish Got Its Stripes

By Catherine Offord | May 1, 2017

Immune cells called macrophages shuttle cellular messages in the skin.

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The lungs of extremely premature lambs supported in a closed, sterile environment that enables fluid-based gas exchange grow and develop normally, researchers report.

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Image of the Day: Stop Signals

By The Scientist Staff | April 17, 2017

Transcytosis, suppression of vesicle traffic across cells, helps reduce permeability in the blood-retinal barrier during development.

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