NBA player wants to thank family of ligament donor | Ligament repair improves "everything I do in my life" | Rear admiral steps in as surgeon general
April 26, 2017
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NBA player wants to thank family of ligament donor
Portland Trail Blazers center Festus Ezeli is recovering from knee surgery in March, hoping he can play again in the NBA and preparing to thank the family of whoever donated his transplanted ligament. "I'm actually working on my letter right now, because I really do want to meet them," said Ezeli, who is 6 feet 11 inches tall. Undefeated (4/21) 
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Ligament repair improves "everything I do in my life"
Marvin Smoot received transplanted tissue to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and he knows his donor was named Brian and lived in California. "The gift they gave me was the ability to play football again," said Smoot, adding that the transplant has had an impact on "everything I do in my life."
Williston Daily Herald (N.D.) (4/22) 
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Government & Regulatory
Rear admiral steps in as surgeon general
Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams will serve as acting surgeon general after Vivek Murthy was "relieved of his duties," according to an HHS statement. Trent-Adams has served the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps for 24 years and was chief nurse officer of the corps.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/22) 
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Zika-fighting mosquitoes released in Fla.
Male mosquitoes injected with the Wolbachia bacteria have been released on Stock Island in Florida to help control the Zika virus and other diseases. The 12-week trial involves 20,000 male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes altered to prevent female mosquito eggs from hatching after mating to reduce or eliminate the population carrying Zika.
KFOR-TV (Oklahoma City)/CNN Wire (4/20) 
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Proteins' role in graft-versus-host disease studied
Researchers found that two proteins have the potential to prevent graft-versus-host disease following stem cell transplants, according to a study in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Retinoic acid-inducible gene I, or RIG-1, and stimulator of interferon genes, or STING, play roles in the immune response signal chains and the replacement of epithelial cells that can be damaged by radiation and drugs used in transplants.
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (4/21) 
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DePuy Synthes announces acquisition of TRS' 3D tech
Tissue Regeneration System's 3D technology has been acquired by Johnson & Johnson unit DePuy Synthes in a move that is expected to bolster the company's trauma platform. Using TRS' 3D-printing methods, DePuy will be able to enhance its ability to develop patient-specific, unique mineral-coated bioresorbable implants for promoting bone healing in patients with craniomaxillofacial and orthopedic deformities and injuries. (4/20) 
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Research: Random "copy errors" produce 66% of cancer cells
Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center researchers have found that two-thirds of cancer-causing cells are caused by flawed stem cell divisions. The study of 32 cancer types showed that environmental issues played a role in 29% of the cases, while heredity was cited in only 5% of the cells. (4/11) 
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Register now for the 2017 Quality and Donor Suitability Workshop!
AATB's 2017 Quality and Donor Suitability Workshop will be held May 8-10 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis. This workshop will be educational and interactive, providing the attendee with a better understanding of not only significant steps involved with donor screening, but also how to effectively implement a quality program. Register today!
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Submissions now open for the 2017 Communication & Education Awards!
The three Communication & Education Awards recognize best practices in public & professional education among AATB membership. Winners are selected by guest judges from a variety of related professional organizations. Read about the 2017 AATB guest judges. The submission period will close June 5, 2017, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Apply or submit a nomination.
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