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Event Connects Science Writers, Johns Hopkins Research

What does it mean to grow old in America? That’s what 100 journalists sought to find out at the 10th annual Science Writers’ Boot Camp, where they learned about aging and age-related diseases from Johns Hopkins experts including Nobel Prize winner Carol Greider. 

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Treating Diseases by Understanding Cell Identity

Patrick Cahan is making a tool that measures how closely cells grown in a lab mimic those in our bodies. This could help pave the way to replacing damaged tissue and more effectively studying diseases in the lab. 

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Dan O’Connor on the Importance of Touch

Neuroscientist Dan O’Connor’s research focuses on understanding what happens in our brain to perceive touch – a sense plays a crucial role in how we interpret our surroundings, move around and even our perception of pain. His lab has recently made a new discovery on how our brains process touch.

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​3D Imaging and Computer Modeling Capture Breast Duct Development

Working with hundreds of time-lapse videos of mouse tissue, biologists and civil engineers partnered to create what is believed to be the first 3D computer model  showing how the tiny tubes that funnel milk through the breasts of mammals form. Read more.

Finding Pain Relief with a Lower Opioid Dose

Researchers have found that activating nerve cell receptors along two chemical pathways may improve pain relief when combined with conventional ways to blunt pain using opioid drugs, such as morphine. Read more.
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Computer Algorithm Maps Cancer Resistance to Drugs, Therapy

Researchers developed new methods of studying the evolution of treatment resistance in head and neck cancer. Learn more.

Image of the Month: Making a Mammary

Using observations from real-life tissues, researchers built a 3D model of a developing breast milk duct. This will help them understand how this process works in healthy cells and how it can be impacted by diseases like breast cancer.  Follow us.

Experimental Drug Stops Parkinson’s Disease Progression in Mice

Researchers say they have developed an experimental drug, similar to compounds used to treat diabetes, that slows the progression of Parkinson’s disease itself — as well as its symptoms — in mice. Learn more.