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Building missing bones

The University of Georgia’s Luke Mortensen holds up an X-ray image showing an infant’s hand, but without bones. The next image is a child’s chest, revealing no ribs. The images represent what parents might see if they have a child suffering from hypophosphatasia. Mortensen, an assistant professor in the Regenerative Bioscience Center, will research therapies to grow these missing bones. Read more

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Vaccinating against cancer

Geert-Jan Boons, Distinguished Professor in biochemical sciences and recipient of the 2015 Lamar Dodd Award for distinguished achievements in the sciences, explains how his laboratory is developing new vaccines that teach the immune system to find and attack cancerous cells. He and other researchers are paving the way for a new era of cancer treatment that may ultimately help doctors treat cancers that were previously considered incurable. Read more