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Education, and Financial Commitment

NeoStem, a company that focuses on developing diagnostic and therapeutic uses of adult stem cells, teamed up with the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture to "expand research and raise awareness of adult stem cell therapies," according to a press release from NeoStem. Together, they will develop "educational programs, publications, and academic courses with an interdisciplinary approach for theological and philosophical faculties, including those of bioethics, around the world." In a statement, the Pontifical Council for Culture's Reverend Tomasz Trafny, said: "Through educational initiatives with NeoStem and sponsorship of scientific research programs involving cutting edge adult stem cell science which does not hurt human life, we come one step closer to a breakthrough that can relieve needless human suffering.' He adds that he hopes this collaboration "could lead to significant financial commitment" to support NeoSteam's technological research.

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.