Weekend Links

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We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment:

Exercise may help make heart younger – In a new study performed in mice, researchers from the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute uncovered one explanation for why exercise might be beneficial: It stimulates the heart to make new muscle cells, both under normal conditions and after a heart attack.

Scientists and Journalists Square Off Over Covering Science and ‘Getting it Right’ – Some scientists say they should have the right to review stories in which their work or words are covered prior to publication. Journalists disagree.

We got MIT scientists to explain their research to first graders – VICE News Tonight invited scientists from MIT to talk about their work in finding a way to turn plants into lights using solar energy and how it might help solve climate change. The catch was they had to explain it to an actual group of first graders.

The Golden State Killer case was cracked with a genealogy website. What does that mean for genetic privacy? – The identity of one of California’s most notorious serial killers had been a mystery for decades — until this week, when law enforcement arrested a suspect. Investigators revealed on Thursday that they made the breakthrough using a remarkable tool: a commercial genealogy website. The unusual manner in which the Golden State Killer case was cracked has sparked wonderment — as well as privacy concerns about how law enforcement can and does use the genetic information that consumers give up to genetic testing companies

Don’t Worry, Night Owls, Here Are The Flaws In That Study About Dying Earlier –  A recent study published in the journal Chronobiology International showed that night owls had a 10 percent higher chance of dying than morning people. However, there are limitations to the study that can provide renewed hope for those who choose to go to bed late.

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