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True to type: From human biopsy to complex gut physiology on a ... - Science Daily


Science Daily
Organ Chip technology using donor-derived human intestinal cells offers advantages over organoids and creates new opportunities for personalized medicine.

From Human Biopsy to Complex Gut Physiology on a Chip - Technology Networks


Technology Networks
The resulting organoids could either be banked for future use or immediately fragmented and seeded into the “epithelial” channels of multiple Organ Chips where they were further matured by flowing specialized culture medium and applying mechanical ...

Biodiversity loss raises risk of 'extinction cascades' - Science Daily


Science Daily
With extinction rates at their highest levels ever and numerous species under threat due to human activity, the findings are a further warning about the consequences of eroding biodiversity. "Interactions between species are important for ecosystem (a ...

Human Origins Initiative

Washington, D.C. - United States

The past decade has seen astonishing discoveries about human origins that captivate the imagination. We walk on two legs, make tools, and have large brains. We solve complex problems and communicate through language and art. We express our feelings and our spirituality. How did we acquire these extraordinary qualities? Are we still evolving or are we 'it', the endpoint of the evolutionary story?

These questions excite the deepest levels of human curiosity about our own identity and origins, and help shape one of the most awe-inspiring areas of scientific inquiry. ' What does it mean to be human?' the theme of the Human Origins Initiative of the Smithsonian Institution reflects one of humanity's most profound quests. The initiative's goal is to explore the universal human story at its broadest time scale. It seeks to stimulate new research findings that deepen an understanding of what makes our species unique and how we came to be.

The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History is committed to expanding the public understanding of human evolution:
* An unforgettable museum experience presents the epic story of human ancestry.
* Pioneering research investigates fundamental questions about our evolutionary past, including the roots of human adaptability.
* Innovative educational programs meet the critical need for expanding public knowledge of scientific research and evolution.

Our web site is dedicated to bringing you the excitement, latest findings, and profound implications of the scientific exploration of human origins. Pay at our web site to explore more information.

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Project to annotate all known human sequences according to the quality standards of Swiss-Prot.

Human Origins
United Kingdom

The Natural History Museum provides a number of short videos on this topic.

Human Origins
United States

Radio program discusses fossil discoveries that may provide the earliest documented evidence of toolmaking, and push the origin of homo sapiens back more than 400,000 years. A discussion featuring Donald Johanson and Blake Edgar.

Human Origins and Prehistory
United States

Class page to go along with Indiana University's anthropology class, A105. Lectures cover the human place among the pages, evolution theories, genetics and current research. Related resource links are included.

Institute of Human Origins
United States

A non-profit, multidisciplinary research organization, affiliated with Arizona State University, dedicated to the recovery and analysis of the fossil evidence for human evolution.

Think Quest: Human Origins
Finland

Aimed at both students and educators alike, providing factual information and follow up questions about human origins.

Look at Modern Human Origins, A
United States

Aims to help students of paleoanthropology in the process of research, and to provide a source of information for anybody who desires a fuller understanding of human evolution.

United States

Locates Homo sapiens on the family tree, compares primate skulls, and links current discoveries to better human understanding of the past.

Finland

Describes important discoveries related to human origin as well as various theories and theorists.

Human Origins Summary
United Kingdom

Information and links to other sites.