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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 Science this week: deletion of one microRNA allows pluripotent stem cells to form embryonic and non-embryonic lineages, and more.

Arizona is planning to sue Theranos for "deceptive acts" and misrepresentations of its "capabilities and operation."

If confirmed as Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price says he will divest himself of certain holdings, according to Stat News.

Oliver Smithies, who won the Nobel Prize in 2007, has died, the New York Times reports.