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Turning Piglets Into Personalized Avatars for Sick Kids

  A team of scientists wants to accelerate research into a genetic disorder by using CRISPR to copy unique mutations from affected children into pigs. [caption id="attachment_977" align="alignright" width="291"] A gene-edited pig with an NF-1 mutation. Photo credit: Jeff Miller / University of Wisconsin-Madison[/caption] When Charles Konsitzke and Dhanu Shanmuganayagam…

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Hibernating ground squirrels provide clues to new stroke treatments

Multi-step screening process leads to molecule that may protect brain cells.  In the fight against brain damage caused by stroke, researchers have turned to an unlikely source of inspiration: hibernating ground squirrels. While the animals’ brains experience dramatically reduced blood flow during hibernation, just like human patients after a certain…

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Chimpanzees are first animal shown to develop telltale markers of Alzheimer’s disease

Article Written by: Sara Reardon Analysis of chimp brains reveals protein plaques and tangles that signal brain disease in humans, but whether the animals can develop dementia is unclear. [caption id="attachment_899" align="alignright" width="239"] Photo credit: Fiona Rogers/Minden Pictures/FLPA[/caption] Aged chimpanzees develop brain characteristics that are similar — but not identical…

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The tiny fish that has helped unlock the mysteries of human disease

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In 1993, Leonard Zon had 110 fish tanks and an idea. Zon, a professor of stem cell and regenerative biology at Harvard University, thought to study human diseases in zebrafish. The freshwater fish, native to the streams and rice paddies of India and Myanmar, struck him as…

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Newly discovered brain network offers clues to social cognition

Scientists call our ability to understand another person’s thoughts—to intuit their desires, read their intentions, and predict their behavior—theory of mind. It’s an essential human trait, one that is crucial to effective social interaction. But where did it come from? Working with rhesus macaque monkeys, researchers in Winrich Freiwald’s Laboratory…

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