Last April, Kaitlyne McNamara walked across TV screens and into the hearts and imaginations of millions of viewers around the world. A victim of spina bifida since birth, Kaitlyne was finally living a more normal life after suffering for years with a tiny bladder.

That story - about the world's first successful implantation of laboratory-grown organs in humans - was big news in 2006. Such big news, in fact, that Discover magazine cited the research of Anthony Atala, MD, director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, as the No. 2 science story of the year. Another top science story of 2006 was the research of Wake Forest's Lawrence Rudel, PhD, and colleagues, about the dangers of trans fats.

A new research facility has just opened in Piedmont Triad Research Park.

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