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When President Barack Obama eased limits on taxpayer-funded embryonic stem cell research, the big question became how far scientists could go. Friday, the government answered: They must use cells culled from fertility clinic embryos that otherwise would be thrown away.

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Transplants of stem cells have freed patients with type 1 diabetes of daily insulin injections, researchers have announced.

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It was long thought that the human heart, like the brain, was unable to grow new cells after birth. But today scientists announced the first evidence that new heart cells are made throughout a person’s life.

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One of the most effective ways to cut down the ecological footprint of buildings is to follow the lead of nature through biomimicry. Habitat 2020 is a future forward example of biomimetic architecture that fuses high-tech ideas with basic cellular functions to create ‘living’ structures that operate like natural organisms.

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A genetic change that makes white people feel famished has been found in research that could help predict the children at risk of obesity and develop new treatments.

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Now scientists with Rudolph Jaenisch’s lab at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research have discovered a way to transform any type of tissue into a stem cell and ensure all the produced stem cells are genetically identical.

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Findings of a three-year study by researchers at the University of California, Riverside and the University of Florida, Gainesville run counter to the popular belief that women have better language skills than men.

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