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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.

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

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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)

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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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Un-Break My Heart: Limited Capacity for Regeneration in the Heart

(2) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 2:17 PM

Some cardiovascular researchers believe that the heart contains cardiac stem cells or progenitor cells which can become mature cardiomyocytes (beating heart cells) following an injury and regenerate the damaged heart. The paper "Mammalian heart renewal by pre-existing cardiomyocytes" published in the journal Nature by Senyo and colleagues (online publication...

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'The Epichorus': Creative Heretics Build Bridges Between Faiths

(6) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 12:51 AM

When we hear the word religion, we often associate it with violence or conflict. The reason for this is that religion is frequently used as a means to ostracize or demean fellow humans and to justify violence. Political and socioeconomic causes of conflicts are also sometimes masked by invoking religious...

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Science Journalism and the Inner Swine Dog

(3) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 6:41 PM

A search of the PubMed database, which indexes scholarly biomedical articles, reveals that 997,508 articles were published in the year 2011, which amounts to roughly 2,700 articles per day. Since the database does not include all published biomedical research articles, the actual number of published biomedical papers is...

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Study Reveals That Cold-Hearted People May Have a Slightly Higher Cardiac Temperature

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 9:47 AM

NOVEMBER 5, 2012 - LOS ANGELES, California - A sensational new study was presented at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Innovative Cardiologists. In a study conducted by the cardiologist Dr. Baskin at the Klondike Bar University, fifty-two participants were enrolled for an evaluation of their cardiac temperature....

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