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Understanding the Regenerating Salama...

The axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) is a salamander best known for its remarkable regenerative capabilities. It is able to regenerate complex anatomical structures such as limbs and the spinal cord. This ability has prompted decades of research into the mechanisms governing the vertebrate body-part regeneration, yielding valuable insight into the molecular actors involved in this phenomenon. […]

Beyond the Band-Aid: Nerve Regenerati...

Nerves are incredibly difficult to regrow and, perversely, easy to injure. Just one slip of a cooking knife can sever a digital nerve, leaving a finger or few paralyzed; a motorcycle accident can cut off lack of sensation in one leg. And in most cases, as the injured neuron struggles to grow back, recovery is […]

CSI: Cancer Stem cells and Inflammati...

Liver cancer is an effective killer. In fact, it’s more effective than human killers: the number of people who die of liver cancer every year is twice the number of reported murders in the United States.(1)(2) Why is this disease so deadly? Ironically, for some types of liver cancer, scientists believe the key to its lethal […]

Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internshi...

Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship

I had spent the first two summers of my undergraduate career conducting research at the University of Toronto, my home university. By the time December of my third year rolled around, I knew that I wanted to experience science in another country. As a result, I applied to several abroad summer research programs, one of […]