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Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina Medical Center, Catherine Coombs, talks to us about her work and her recent paper in Cell Stem Cell on the subject of clonal hematopoiesis.

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Resources and Links

An Estimated 124 Million Boys and Girls Are Now in the Highest Weight Range – The rising trends in children’s and adolescents’ BMI have plateaued in many high-income countries, albeit at high levels, but have accelerated in parts of Asia, with trends no longer correlated with those of adults.

Global Survey Finds Pesticides in Much of World’s Honey – The authors report that neonicotinoid pesticides are turning up in honey on every continent with honeybees.

Gun Waiting Periods Could Save Lives – A new study funded by Harvard Business School suggests that one policy—a mandatory waiting period between the sale of a gun and its delivery—could save hundreds of U.S. lives each year if implemented nationally.

Dogs Learn While Sleeping – Scientists reveal that dogs learn when sleeping—just like people, a study done by researchers in Hungary with the use of electroencephalograms (EEGs) says.

Establishment of Mouse Expanded Potential Stem Cells – According to this article, the most versatile stem cells ever created called “expanded-potential stem cells” (EPSCs) could enable researchers to better understand the biological mechanisms behind many failed early pregnancies.

Dentists Get Cracking on the Stem Cell Front – A team of researchers from the University of Nevada Las Vegas have developed a device they hilarious call the “Tooth Cracker 5000” to extract 80 percent of the stem cells a pulp contains from a wisdom tooth.

Bioengineering of Functional Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-derived Intestinal Grafts – Scientists have built a new rat intestine by combining part of the animal’s own bowel with human stem cells hoping that one day, this method could be used in humans with intestinal problems who currently have to rely on organ transplants.

A Cause for Permanent Hair Loss – A team of scientists from Mumbai have uncovered a cause for permanent hair loss – over-expression of a protein called phospholipase A2-IIA could be the cause for hair loss in mice.

Photo Reference: Courtesy of Catherine Coombs