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Image of the Day: Henrietta Lacks

By The Scientist Staff | May 12, 2018

A painting of the woman who was the source of HeLa cells will be on view at the National Portrait Gallery beginning May 15.


image: Army Surgeons Grow Ear in Soldier’s Arm

Army Surgeons Grow Ear in Soldier’s Arm

By Catherine Offord | May 11, 2018

The woman’s own cartilage was used to construct the transplant after she lost her left ear in a car crash.

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image: Measles Cases On the Rise in England

Measles Cases On the Rise in England

By Jim Daley | May 11, 2018

The increase is associated with travel to Europe, where large outbreaks are occurring.


The country’s health ministry and the World Health Organization rush to contain the new outbreak.

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The agency says it has taken various steps to ensure the privacy of participants’ data. 


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


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


The organs showed neural activity for up to 36 hours, adding fuel to discussions about the ethics of future neuroscientific research.


image: Big Data in 3 Dimensions

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.


image: Book Excerpt from <em>The Power of Rare</em>

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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