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Robert Schwartz of the University of Houston has devised a method for reprogramming human skin cells into early-stage heart cells. These cells can then be implanted and grown into fully-developed beating heart cells, reversing damage caused by heart attacks. Schwartz's method differs from those of other stem cell researchers in that it requires fewer steps and yields more cells. First, the cells are treated with a virus and are transformed into induced pluripotent stem cells.

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The Oregon state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would make it easier for people convicted of crimes to initiate DNA testing of evidence, according to the Associated Press.

People reports that researchers have uncovered genetic variants that lead people to always feel full.

Florida state senators are to weigh a bill prohibiting life insurance companies from using genetic information in coverage decisions, according to Florida Politics.

In Genome Research this week: metagenomic sequencing assay that detects pathogens in cerebrospinal fluid, single-tube long fragment read approach, and more.