Research

Life-saving Pigs?: The Promise of Xenotransplantation

Recently, a team from the University of Alabama in Birmingham performed the first-ever pig-to-human organ transplant [2]. The general process of animal-to-human organ transplantation is called xenotransplantation (“xeno” meaning foreign in Greek), and brings to mind images from science fiction [1]. However, the achievement of the doctors and scientists from Birmingham brought the possibility of…

A Portrait of Medicine

Medicine has been associated with the humanities for years, but a more recent relationship is that between medicine and art. More specifically, within the field of the art of medicine, the creation of portraits of sick patients has been shown to have compelling effects on medicine and care in a health setting. Dr. Mark Gilbert,…

The Role of ZFHX4 in Regulating the Cancer Stem Cell State

Gliomas are a class of primary brain tumors that originate from glial cells, which are cells that support the function of neurons in the central nervous system. This class of tumors includes astrocytic tumors, oligodendrogliomas, ependymomas and mixed gliomas. Within the group of primary astrocytomas, glioblastoma multiforme is the most malignant and commonly occurring astrocytoma,…

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