Keck School of Medicine of USC

 Stem Cell

A Zika surprise: African strain can do more damage than Asian strain

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The Zika virus has spread to 44 countries, with thousands infected and thousands of babies born with microcephaly, a rare complication that causes small heads. But even though research dollars are being poured into understanding the virus, there are still numerous outstanding questions. USC Assistant Professor Jianfu Chen is working to answer some of the persistent questions about the virus.

Never accept a kidney donation from a mouse

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Researchers are hard at work building mini-kidneys from human cells — using blueprints mostly drawn from lab mice. But mouse kidneys differ from their human counterparts in more than mere scale, as detailed by the USC Stem Cell laboratory of Andy McMahon in three studies in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.