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In this week's Science, a group led by University College London researchers report on a new gene therapy approach that combines optogenetics and embryonic stem cell-based regenerative medicine, and which was used to restore skeletal muscle function in injured and diseased mice. The scientists engineered ESC-derived motor neurons to express the light-sensitive ion channel known as channelrhodopsin-2 and grafted them onto the ligated sciatic nerves in the animals.

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In Nature this week: SNP reference panel from the Haplotype Reference Consortium, and more.

Halloran Consulting's Laurie Halloran lists at Stat News the mistakes she sees startup companies make when pursuing a clinical trial.

MIT researchers are using bees to collect and visualize urban microbiome samples, Wired reports.

Reliance on Excel leads to errors in gene name lists, a new Genome Biology paper reports.