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Latest in Heart Stem Cell Debate
Latest in Heart Stem Cell Debate
Kerry Grens | Oct 27, 2015
Given the right environment, cKit+ cells from the mouse heart can develop into new cardiac muscle, according to a study.
Dogs Originated in Central Asia
Dogs Originated in Central Asia
Karen Zusi | Oct 21, 2015
Man’s best friend was domesticated near Nepal and Mongolia at least 15,000 years ago, according to a genetic analysis.
Life Before 4 Billion Years Ago?
Life Before 4 Billion Years Ago?
Jef Akst | Oct 20, 2015
A new estimate of the origin of life on Earth pushes back the date by 300 million years.
Antioxidants May Aid Cancer
Antioxidants May Aid Cancer
Kerry Grens | Oct 16, 2015
Mice given a dietary supplement had faster-progressing melanoma, a study shows.
Growing Placenta-Generating Cells
Growing Placenta-Generating Cells
Jef Akst | Oct 14, 2015
Researchers derive trophoblast stem cells from mouse fibroblasts, paving the way for cell therapy for placental dysfunction diseases.
Explaining Elephants’ Cancer Resistance
Explaining Elephants’ Cancer Resistance
Jef Akst | Oct 13, 2015
Two studies reveal that the giant mammals have dozens of extra copies of a cancer-preventing gene.
Scientists Skip Cell Line Validation
Scientists Skip Cell Line Validation
Kerry Grens | Oct 12, 2015
Despite known problems with contamination and mislabeled cell lines, most researchers continue to operate without authenticating cells’ identity.
Neurogenesis in the Mammalian Brain
Neurogenesis in the Mammalian Brain
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2015
Neuron nurseries in the adult brains of rodents and humans appear to influence cognitive function.
Cultural Riches
Cultural Riches
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 1, 2015
Researchers devise new techniques to facilitate growing bacteria collected from the environment.
Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Kerry Grens | Oct 1, 2015
A common tissue fixation method distorts the true neuronal landscape.