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This Week in Science

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 PLOS this week: molecular surveillance of S. Typhi, genome-wide association study of attention in children, and more.

Clinicians look to fold non-medical data into algorithms to predict patients' health, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Connecticut's biotech investment is leading to the building of labs to house new startups, the Associated Press reports.

Craig Venter's Health Nucleus aims to change preventive medicine, according to the Robb Report.