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September 09, 2007
USC researcher identifies stem cells in tendons that regenerate tissue in animal model
A consortium of scientists, led in part by USC School of Dentistry researcher Songtao Shi, has identified unique cells within the adult tendon that have stem-cell characteristics -- including the ability to proliferate and self-renew.

Using evolution, UW team creates a template for many new therapeutic agents
By guiding an enzyme down a new evolutionary pathway, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has created a new form of an enzyme capable of producing a range of potential new therapeutic agents with anti-cancer and antibiotic properties.

Extra gene copies were enough to make early humans' mouths water
To think that world domination could have begun in the cheeks.

AGU journal highlights -- Sept. 6, 2007
Solving the mystery of booming sand dunes, South Asian monsoon shifts south since 1400, Ozone-destroying chemicals wane, Robotic probes improve ocean analysis, Universal rule for repeating earthquakes?, Abrupt climate change clues in tropical Africa, Antarctic ice cores record ancient meteoritic events, New angle on solar wind's magnetic reconnections, Understanding permeability in sea ice, Global observations of large oceanic eddies, Magnetic reconnection at large and small scales, and Interhemispheric coupling between stratosphere and mesosphere are papers featured in the upcoming issue of Geophysical Research Letters.

Researchers uncover novel mechanism that balances the sizes of functional areas in the brain
In the cerebral cortex, the brain's powerful central processing unit responsible for higher functions, specialized subdivisions known as areas are laid out like a map, but little is known about the genetic forces that shape the geography of our brains.

Molecular probe 'paints' cancer cells in living animals, Stanford researchers find
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a molecular probe that sets aglow tumor cells within living animals.
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