Bacteria on the skin
Biotech Tries Manipulating the Skin Microbiome
Researchers are revealing the complexity of the microbial community living on the body—and paving the way for new bacteria-targeting treatments for acne and other dermatological conditions.
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Biotech Tries Manipulating the Skin Microbiome
Biotech Tries Manipulating the Skin Microbiome

Researchers are revealing the complexity of the microbial community living on the body—and paving the way for new bacteria-targeting treatments for acne and other dermatological conditions.

Researchers are revealing the complexity of the microbial community living on the body—and paving the way for new bacteria-targeting treatments for acne and other dermatological conditions.

ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, DR_MICROBE
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Man Receives Transplanted Heart from Genetically Modified Pig
Shawna Williams | Jan 10, 2022
The procedure, performed last Friday, is a milestone in a long effort to boost the number of organs available for safe transplantation.
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Remembering Those We Lost in 2021
Lisa Winter | Dec 23, 2021
As the year draws to a close, we look back on researchers we bid farewell to, and the contributions they made to their respective fields.
Cell Culture Advances Fuel Disease Research
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Nov 16, 2020
New twists to an old technique reveal a better understanding of disease pathology and new therapeutic avenues.
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Surgeons Successfully Transplant a Pig Kidney into a Person
Chloe Tenn | Oct 20, 2021
The achievement bolsters hopes that nonhuman animals could be used to remedy the shortage of transplantable organs.
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Infographic: Research Questions to Be Tackled by Uterus Transplants
Jef Akst | Aug 1, 2021
Scientists are banking various samples from recipients of donated uteruses to learn all they can about the biology of the organ, and about transplantation more generally.
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Uterus Transplants Hit the Clinic
Jef Akst | Aug 1, 2021
With human research trials resulting in dozens of successful deliveries in the US and abroad, doctors move toward offering the surgery clinically, while working to learn all they can about uterine and transplant biology from the still-rare procedure.
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Nephrologist Barbara Murphy Dies at 56
Lisa Winter | Jul 6, 2021
Her work led to more predictable outcomes for kidney transplants.
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New Report Dissects Ethics of Emerging Human Brain Cell Models
Amanda Heidt | Apr 12, 2021
The National Academies’ report touches on ethical issues raised by new technologies such as brain organoids and human-animal chimeras, and suggests that current regulatory oversight is sufficient.
Organoids Repair Bile Ducts
Abby Olena | Feb 18, 2021
Researchers determined that when introduced into damaged mouse or donated human livers, these lab-grown tissues could integrate into bile ducts and function normally.
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Baking Soda Boosts T Cells’ Ability to Fight Leukemia
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Nov 2, 2020
Infusions of donor T cells to fight the cancer often fail, but sodium bicarbonate can counter lactic acid produced by leukemia cells, potentially improving remission rates in mice and humans.
Transplant Method Avoids Rejection of Donor Leg for Months in Rats
Abby Olena | Mar 13, 2020
A proof-of-concept study uses a strategy similar to the way tumors evade immune detection. The new limbs survive for more than 200 days.
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On the Road to 3-D Printed Organs
Emma Yasinski | Feb 26, 2020
Researchers can print cells and biomaterials that make up human tissues, but there’s still a long way to go before fully functional organs can be made to order.
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Neural Stem Cell Transplantation Crawls Toward the Clinic
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 29, 2019
Several early-stage clinical trials indicate that implanting patients with the cells is safe. But whether they can alleviate neurological problems remains to be seen.
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Woman Receives First Corneal Transplant Made from iPS Cells
Emily Makowski | Sep 3, 2019
The patient’s vision has improved since the procedure, and her cornea remains clear.
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Opinion: Develop Organoids, Not Chimeras, for Transplantation
John D. Loike, Robert Pollack | Aug 23, 2019
Scientists are devising human-animal hybrids for harvesting human organs, but lab-derived mini-organs are a less ethically fraught solution to meeting the need for transplantation.
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Biotechs Race to Develop Stem Cell Treatments for Diabetes
Eric Bender | Jul 15, 2019
Insulin-producing cells grown in the lab could offer a functional cure for the disease.
Pig Hearts Provide Long-Term Cardiac Function in Baboons
Ruth Williams | Dec 5, 2018
Primates receiving heart transplants from genetically engineered pigs have survived more than six months, a new study reveals.
Image of the Day: Retinal Transplant
Kerry Grens | Nov 7, 2018
Blind rats are made to see after sheets of cells implanted into their eyes make themselves at home.
University of Gothenburg Moves to Fire Professor for Misconduct
Kerry Grens | Jul 3, 2018
An investigation finds regenerative medicine researcher Suchitra Sumitran-Holgersson manipulated data in seven papers.