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The Industry of Bodies Donated for Science Lacks Oversight: Investigations
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 28, 2017
Reuters sheds light on the largely unregulated trade of human body parts taken from human cadavers donated for science.
Image of the Day: Beetle Penis
Staff, The Scientist Staff | Dec 22, 2017
Scientists look to a leaf beetle’s genitals for lessons on improving catheter strength.
Insects’ Neural Learning and Memory Center Discovered in Crustaceans
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2017
Aggressive little marine predators, mantis shrimps possess a mushroom body that appears identical to the one found in insects.
A Prosthetic Advantage?
Diana Kwon | Sep 1, 2017
Scientists are analyzing how factors such as the length and stiffness of artificial limbs affect performance in athletes with amputations.
Image of the Day: Un-break My Heart
Staff | Aug 8, 2017
A failing heart is easily distinguished from a healthy one by numerous tell-tale signs, including its slender, stretched-out walls, increased size, and pooled blood clots.
Heart’s Backup Pacemaker Mechanisms Identified
Diana Kwon | Jul 28, 2017
The sinoatrial node is home to multiple pacemakers that keep the heart beating if the main one falters.
Little-Known Gut Membrane Should Be Called a New Organ, Researchers Argue
Ben Andrew Henry | Jan 5, 2017
A new anatomical view of the mesentery, which surrounds the lower abdomen, suggests that it should be considered the human body’s 79th organ.
Why Can’t Macaques Talk Like Humans?
Ben Andrew Henry | Dec 13, 2016
Anatomical analysis suggests monkeys possess all the hardware for human-like speech, they just lack the neurological capacity to use it.
Neural Network Found That Helps Control Breathing
Catherine Offord | Nov 1, 2016
The results suggest that breathing is orchestrated by three—rather than two—excitatory circuits in the medulla.
Another Neural Circuit that Controls Breathing Found
Catherine Offord | Oct 31, 2016
This third excitatory network helps to regulate postinspiration.