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A polymer (left; beige material) contracts in blue light (right). Photo credit: Jonathan Barnes / ACS
Muscle-like material expands and contracts in response to light

April 5, 2019

Just as controlled-release medications slowly dole out their cargo after they experience a pH change in the body,…
Mussels add muscle to biocompatible fibers

June 12, 2017

Rice University chemists can thank the mussel for putting the muscle into their new macroscale scaffold fibers. The…
Gene therapy treats muscle-wasting disease in dogs

February 16, 2017

Single infusion restores strength and prolongs affected canines’ lives in UW Medicine-led study Work on gene therapy is…
It’s how you splice it: Scientists discover possible origin of muscle, heart defects

November 20, 2016

The basic biological process called alternative splicing proves vital in making sure important muscle cell proteins switch from…
Study: knees, hips – but not ankles – power the fastest olympic sprinters

August 21, 2016

As fans around the world have marveled at the athletic feats performed in the 2016 Summer Olympics, University…
Same immune-system proteins may first giveth, then taketh away motor control

April 12, 2016

Princeton University researchers have found that a family of proteins with important roles in the immune system may…
Researchers make progress toward healing scarred hearts

January 14, 2016

Scientists at the UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research have uncovered two specific…
Research shows benefits, danger of Ultraman competition

November 19, 2015

A team of Florida State University researchers found that the endurance competition called the Ultraman can lead to…
Maternal protein deficiency during pregnancy ‘memorized’ by fetal muscle cells

September 20, 2015

A new study has uncovered the genetic processes that link insufficient protein consumption during pregnancy with the development…
Research sheds light on how neurons control muscle movement

June 24, 2015

Stanford University researchers studying how the brain controls movement in people with paralysis, related to their diagnosis of…
Researchers stimulate larynx muscles with light

June 3, 2015

Proof-of-principle study may show the way to a new treatment option Researchers at the University of Bonn have…
Age-reversal effects of ‘young blood’ molecule GDF-11 called into question

May 19, 2015

The leading theory for why the blood of younger mice rejuvenates the muscles of older mice is now…
First contracting human muscle grown in laboratory

January 14, 2015

In a laboratory first, Duke researchers have grown human skeletal muscle that contracts and responds just like native…
How do our muscles work? Scientists reveal important new insights into muscle protein

November 27, 2014

MFPL scientists reveal important new insights into muscle protein Scientists led by Kristina Djinović-Carugo at the Max F.…
Researchers discover a key to making new muscles

September 8, 2014

Researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) have developed a novel technique to promote tissue repair in damaged…
Imaging techniques help rebuild ancient fauna

August 13, 2014

The advancements of tomographic techniques have, for the first time, provided a non-destructive histological ‘section’ of dermal plates.Image: Taro…
Tiny muscles help bats fine-tune flight

May 24, 2014

Bats appear to use a network of hair-thin muscles in their wing skin to control the stiffness and…
Self-Healing Engineered Muscle Grown in the Laboratory

April 2, 2014

Strong, lab-grown muscle is the first to heal itself after animal implantation Biomedical engineers have grown living skeletal…
A new way to make muscle cells from human stem cells

March 23, 2014

As stem cells continue their gradual transition from the lab to the clinic, a research group at the…
Motion and muscles don’t always work in lockstep, researchers find in surprising new study

March 17, 2014

Animals “do the locomotion” every day, whether it’s walking down the hall to get some coffee or darting…
Tension triggers muscle building

March 15, 2014

Max Planck scientists discover important mechanism for muscle building Skeletal muscles are built from small contractile units, the…
Researchers rejuvenate stem cell population from elderly mice, enabling muscle recovery

February 17, 2014

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have pinpointed why normal aging is accompanied by a diminished ability to…
Biceps bulge, calves curve, 50-year-old assumptions muscled aside

July 10, 2013

The basics of how a muscle generates power remain the same: Filaments of myosin tugging on filaments of…
Muscle Repair After Injury Helped by Fat-Forming Cells

April 22, 2013

UC San Francisco scientists have discovered that muscle repair requires the action of two types of cells better…
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