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Jalees Rehman, M.D.
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Jalees Rehman, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). As a cell biologist and cardiologist, he directs a research laboratory that investigates the growth of blood vessels and the biology of stem and progenitor cells. Jalees is a German Muslim with an interest in the philosophy of science and religion. His blog on stem cell biology and regenerative medicine is part of the Scilogs scientific blog network and is called "The Next Regeneration". Additional articles on science, culture and religion can be found on his personal blog "Fragments of Truth".

Entries by Jalees Rehman, M.D.

Tiger Dad

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 3:55 PM

Some years ago, I was enveloped by the desire to see our children grow up to be poets. I used to talk to them about poetic metaphors, rhymes and read to them excerpts from the biographies of famous poets. When the kids were learning about haikus at school, I took...

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African-Americans Receive Heart Transplants at Hospitals With Poor Performance Track Records

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 3:43 PM

About five million people in the US suffer from heart failure, and approximately half of them die within five years of being diagnosed. Only about 2,500 people a year receive a heart transplant - the treatment of last resort. A new heart can be life-saving, but it...

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Fixing 'Leaky' Blood Vessels to Combat Severe Respiratory Ailments and, Perhaps, Ebola

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 6:40 PM

When you get an infection, your immune system responds with an influx of inflammatory cells that target the underlying bacteria or viruses. These immune cells migrate from your blood into the infected tissue in order to release a cocktail of pro-inflammatory proteins and help eliminate the infectious threat.

During this...

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Buddhist Musings in Ramadan

(3) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 1:56 PM

Ramadan is the month of fasting and a time for spiritual growth among Muslims. The traditionalist approach to "spiritual growth" is for Muslims to complement their fasting with performing additional prayers at night and regular reading of the Quran throughout the month. My own approach is somewhat different, I tend...

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Does Reading 'Moral' Stories to Children Promote Honesty?

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 9:25 AM

All over the world, young children are exposed to classic fairy tales, myths and other stories. Most kids love hearing stories, but in addition to being a fun activity, storytelling is also thought of as an educational tool that can promote moral reasoning and honesty. Conventional wisdom suggests that fairy...

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Soccer Club FC Bayern Munich: Too Jewish for the Nazis

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 12:27 PM


Konrad Heitkamp was taken aback by the extraordinary ordinariness present in the lobby of the Zurich hotel. In November of 1943, life in Zurich seemed unperturbed by the fact that the countries surrounding Switzerland were embroiled in one of the most devastating wars...

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Scientists Are Only Human, But Statins Error Shows Perils of Bias

(3) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 12:43 PM

The recent retraction of an academic claim in a leading journal about the incidence of side effects from cholesterol-lowering drugs has sparked anger in the medical community and potentially undermined public and patient trust.

John Abramson, a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, and colleagues claimed 18 percent of patients had...

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Does Literary Fiction Challenge Racial Stereotypes?

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 4:49 PM

A book is a mirror: if a fool looks in, do not expect an apostle to look out. -- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799)


Reading literary fiction can be highly pleasurable, but does it also make you a better person? Conventional wisdom and intuition...

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Google Autocomplete: Poetry and Prejudice

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 1:53 PM

The Autocomplete function of Google Search is both annoying and fascinating. When you start typing in the first letters or words of your search into the Google search box, Autocomplete takes a guess at what you are looking for and "completes" the search phrase by offering you multiple query phrases....

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Tapping Into the Creative Potential of Our Elders

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 11:04 AM

The unprecedented increase in the mean life expectancy during the past centuries and a concomitant drop in the birth rate has resulted in a major demographic shift in most parts of the world. The proportion of fellow humans older than 65 years of age is higher than at any time...

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Composites: German Language and 'Things Fall Apart'

(5) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 4:55 PM

"Shorter sentences and simple words!" was the battle cry of all my English teachers. Their comments and corrections of our English-language essays and homework assignments were very predictable. Apparently, they had all sworn allegiance to the same secret Fraternal Order of Syntax Police. I am sure that students of the...

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Cellular Alchemy: Converting Fibroblasts Into Heart Cells

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 1:44 PM

Medieval alchemists devoted their lives to the pursuit of the infamous Philosopher's Stone, an elusive substance that was thought to convert base metals into valuable gold. Needless to say, nobody ever discovered the Philosopher's Stone. Well, perhaps some alchemist did get lucky but was wise enough to keep the discovery...

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The Folly of Perpetual Victimhood

(5) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 6:03 PM

The week following the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15 was a very sad week for me. Boston is one of my most favorite cities in the world. It is the first U.S. city that I ever visited. I spent many months there when I was a student in the 1990s. Boston eased me...

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New Survey Shows That Plagiarism Creates Job Opportunities

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 5:38 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Plagiarism is back in the headlines. The German Education Minister Annette Schavan recently resigned because of allegations of plagiarism in her doctoral dissertation. There was also significant outrage when it became public that the now discredited science journalist Jonah Lehrer was paid $20,000 to speak at the Knight...

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Research Shows That Happier Children Earn Higher Wages Later in Life

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 1:41 PM

There is quite a bit of debate about the scientific validity of the proverb "money can't buy happiness," because studies on this topic have resulted in discordant results. Some studies support the idea that richer people are happier on average than poor people, but there are also reports that while...

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Academic Publisher Unveils New Journal Which Prevents All Access to Its Content

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 2:10 PM

AMSTERDAM -- Academic publishers are currently under attack by scientists, governments and the general public for hiding the majority of published research articles behind paywalls. Readers have to pay either a one-time access fee of up to $50 to read one article or obtain an annual subscription to the journal...

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'Occidentophobia': The Elephant in the Room

(97) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 11:18 AM

Scapegoating Muslims has become a convenient tool for promoting a far right political agenda. A Center for American Progress (CAP) report carefully outlined anti-Muslim fear-mongering in the United States, with the long-term hope that, by exposing the roots of anti-Muslim hostility, strategies can be developed to overcome such...

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Radical Tails: Antioxidants Can Prevent Regeneration

(4) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 1:52 PM

Amphibians such as frogs or salamanders have a remarkable ability to regenerate amputated limbs and tails. The regenerative process involves the formation of endogenous pluripotent stem cells, which then expand and differentiate into the tissue types that give rise to the regenerated body part. The complex interplay of the cell...

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Immune Cells Can 'Remember' Past Incarnations

(7) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 5:55 PM

The generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) is one of the most fascinating discoveries in the history of stem cell biology. John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka received the 2012 Nobel Prize in Biology for showing that adult cells could be induced to become embryonic-like stem cells (iPSCs). Many...

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NRA Says Hansel and Gretel Should Have Had Guns

(3) Comments | Posted December 22, 2012 | 7:15 PM

WASHINGTON, December 22, 2012 - The National Rifle-Manufacturer Association (NRA) held a press conference in Washington, D.C. to offer "meaningful contributions" in the debate about education reform. This highly anticipated press conference was chaired by Charlton TheRock, president and Grand Wizard of the NRA. TheRock read out a prepared press...

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