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September 12, 2014

USC researchers discover the healing power of “rib-tickling”

Mouse rib cage stained to show cartilage (blue) and bone (red). In adult mice, surgically removed sections of either portion can fully regenerate. (Image by Francesca Mariani)

Mouse rib cage stained to show cartilage (blue) and bone (red). In adult mice, removed sections of either portion can fully regenerate. (Image by Francesca Mariani)

By Cristy Lytal

Unlike salamanders, mammals can’t regenerate lost limbs, but they can repair large sections of their ribs.

In a new study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, a team directed by USC Stem Cell researcher Francesca Mariani takes a closer look at rib regeneration in both humans and mice.

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September 3, 2014

USC welcomes its inaugural class of stem cell master’s students

Inaugural class of students in USC's master of science in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine program (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

Inaugural class of students in USC’s master of science in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine program (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

By Cristy Lytal

USC welcomed its inaugural class of master’s students in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine to one of the first programs of its kind in the United States. To celebrate the launch of this unique master’s program, the 30 students gathered for an orientation and ice cream social at the Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC.

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