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Muscle cell grafts keep broken hearts from breaking rhythm

Posted: August 5, 2012

Researchers have made a major advance in efforts to regenerate damaged hearts. They discovered that transplanted heart muscle cells, grown from stem cells, electrically couple and beat in sync with the heart’s own mucle. The grafts also reduced the incidence of arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms) in a guinea pig model of myocardial infarction (commonly known... Read more »


Students attending the "Shades of Purple" conference receive personal instruction on their college admission essays.

Summer programs aim to encourage and prepare minorities to attend college

Posted: August 3, 2012

Some high school students, especially underrepresented minorities and those from low-income, first-generation and migrant worker backgrounds, lack access to resources for college preparation. Here is a round-up of programs taking place this summer on the UW Seattle campus that help inspire high school students to pursue higher education and prepare them for college life. ‘Upward... Read more »


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Bears, scavengers count on all-you-can-eat salmon buffet lasting for months

Posted: August 2, 2012

Salmon conservation shouldn’t narrowly focus on managing flows in streams and rivers or on preserving only places that currently have strong salmon runs. Instead, watersheds need a good mix of steep, cold-running streams and slower, meandering streams of warmer water to keep options open for salmon adapted to reproduce better in one setting than the... Read more »