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First of its kind stem cell production facility sets its sights on deadly childhood disease

We are used to hearing about immune suppression when transplanting organs or cells from one person to another. It’s a necessary step in preventing the body from attacking the transplanted material. 462 more words

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Mapping Metastasis: Scientists Discover how Cancer Cells Colonize Distant Organs

How does cancer spread? How does it traverse from one organ to the next—often undetected—until it has colonized the far reaches of the human body? And more importantly, how can researchers stop this from happening? 615 more words

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Postage stamp released of Bugun Liocichla: The bird will now go places!

 

 A new bird species, Bugun Liocichla, was discovered in 2006 by Ramana Athreya, an astronomer by profession and an ecologist on the side. The bird is classified as a vulnerable species, with barely 14 or so individuals spotted so far. 2,169 more words

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Wetting of soft solids

We now know quite well how liquids wet solid surface, and how liquid-liquid surfaces interact. However many materials, such as gels, have mechanical properties intermediate between those of fluids and solids, and it is important to understand how fluid interfaces interact with such substrates.  143 more words

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Stirring Miscanthus

Miscanthus (Miscanthus X Giganteous) is a plant similar in appearance to bamboo. It is considered one of the most productive plants on Earth, can grow easily in most regions of the globe, including the coldest countries of north Europe and north America, and can be up to 12 feet tall! 285 more words

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Revealing the Invisible: Scientists Uncover the Secret Ingredient to Making Blood-Forming Stem Cells

They are among the most versatile types of stem cell types in the body. They live inside bone marrow and in the blood of the umbilical cord. 497 more words

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Summer and things to come...

The blog has once again been stagnant for awhile. Last semester flew by, as did this summer (these seem to be recurring themes…). Never a dull moment in the Whitenack Lab, which means that the blog gets relegated to the bottom of the list. 640 more words

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