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While people in Japan, Canada, and other nations are enjoying significant gains in life expectancy every year, most counties within the United States are falling behind, according to a new study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.


It's been called "the Manhattan Project of Entomology," an undertaking that has the potential to revolutionize the way we think about insects.

Stem Cell Research

Human-induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells can be directed to develop into light-sensing photoreceptor cells of the retina.
Researchers have used cutting-edge stem cell technology to correct a genetic defect present in a rare blinding disorder, another step on a promising path that may one day lead to therapies to reverse blindness caused by common retinal diseases such as macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa which affect millions of individuals.


Spongiforma squarepantsii is found in the forests of Borneo.
Sing it with us: What lives in the rainforest, under a tree?

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