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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University December 6, 2004 | Vol. 34 No. 14

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Learning from eel's spinal cord
Anatomy guides creation of electrical implants for human injuries

Ralph Etienne-Cummings, an expert in electronics and robotics, is assisted in his spinal cord microchip project by doctoral students Francesco Tenore and Jacob Vogelstein.

In a collaboration that blends biology and robotics, researchers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland are unraveling the circuitry in an eel's spinal cord to help develop a microchip implant that may someday help paralyzed people walk again.
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A growing world of adult ed
In 1876, the year the Johns Hopkins University accepted its first class of students, it also opened up its doors to nonmatriculated adults to take part in a series of public lecture courses. In essence, the concept of a Johns Hopkins education for part-time learners was born.
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Shark cartilage 'cure' shows dangers of pseudoscience
The rising popularity of shark cartilage extract as an anti-cancer treatment is a triumph of marketing and pseudoscience over reason, with a tragic fallout for both sharks and humans, according to a Johns Hopkins biologist writing in the Dec. 1 issue of Cancer Research.
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New institute will explore complex biological interactions

Thinking Out Loud

Hodson Trust awards $6.5 million to four Maryland colleges

JHU Course Catalog: Corporate Fraud

MRI can measure benefits of cholesterol-lowering drugs, study shows

Manipulation of epigenome turns off as many genes as it turns on

Mankiw and Zinn wrap up MSE Symposium

Changes in ground-level ozone linked to increased mortality

Artist Hershberg closes Art Workshops' celebration

Jitterbugging for a good cause

United Way Update


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