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This blog is from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. By supporting basic biomedical research and training nationwide, NIGMS lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Biomedical Beat is a digest of short articles about NIGMS-funded research and scientists as well as images that help illustrate important biomedical concepts and advances.

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Biomedical Beat was formerly an electronic newsletter distributed from January 2005 to July 2013.