In a new study in Nature Biotechnology, Harvard University researchers describe how they've bioengineered an artificial jellyfish using heart cells from a rat, reports Ed Yong at Nature News. The result — a synthetic creature called a medusoid — is morphologically a jellyfish and genetically a rat.
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In PLOS this week: genetic study of breast cancer in Egyptian families, mutations linked to cleft lip and palate, and more.
Council Bluffs, Iowa, schools are encouraging more girls to pursue STEM courses, according to the Associated Press.
Because of new open-access requirements, Gates Foundation-funded researchers can't publish in some top journals, Nature News reports.
In Science this week: deletion of one microRNA allows pluripotent stem cells to form embryonic and non-embryonic lineages, and more.