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Smoking on a Chip

By The Scientist Staff | September 1, 2017

A new device from the Wyss Institute at Harvard University simulates the effects of cigarette smoke on human lungs.

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Bone Marrow Isn’t the Only Source of Platelets

By Ashley P. Taylor | June 1, 2017

Scientists have estimated that about half of murine platelet production occurs in the lungs.

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Lung Blood

By The Scientist Staff | June 1, 2017

Watch the birth of platelets in the lungs of mice, a finding that contributes to a new understanding of the respiratory organs' role in blood formation.

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Newly Found White Blood Cell Withstands Chemotherapy

By Ben Andrew Henry | January 1, 2017

Vaccine-induced macrophages open a new realm of study into remodeling the immune system to reduce the risk of infections during cancer treatment.

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Breathing in Bacteria

By Jenny Rood | January 22, 2015

The healthy lung receives microbes from the mouth, a new model suggests.

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Breathing Life into Lung Microbiome Research

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | June 9, 2014

Although it’s far less populated than the mouth community that helps feed it, researchers increasingly appreciate the role of the lung microbiome in respiratory health.

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Flexible Cells

By Kate Yandell | September 1, 2013

When stretched, lung cells signal to each other by releasing ATP.

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Lung stem cells -- for real?

By Jef Akst | May 14, 2011

There's good, stem cell-related news for another organ this week -- the lung. Researchers say they have found lung stem cells, which may hold therapeutic value for repairing damaged respiratory tissue, according to a study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

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