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RI research is #9 in Time’s top 10

December 30, 2010

Research by Brown University and Women and Infants Hospital is getting a shout out in Time Magazine’s list of the top 10 medical breakthroughs this year. Here’s a bit of the blurb

In more good news for those struggling with infertility, scientists reported success in creating an artificial ovary that could one day nurture immature human eggs outside the body. Researchers led by a team at Brown University managed to coax three primary ovary cells donated by patients into a 3-D structure resembling an ovary. In the lab, the cell types interacted with one another and functioned for all intents and purposes like a real ovary, even successfully maturing a human egg from its earliest stages in the follicle to a fully developed form.

A Rhode Island academic also contributed to Time’s #1 breakthrough– the discovery that antiretroviral drugs can reduce the risk of HIV infection. Brown Professor and Miriam hospital doctor Ken Mayer was the principle investigator for the Boston site of that research.

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