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  • A Quiet Man, Towering Scholar and Gifted Physician: John M. Opitz, M.D., Awarded Federal Decoration from Republic of Germany

    On Dec. 3, 2016, in a ceremony in Salt Lake City, John M. Opitz, M.D., received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany – also called the Bundesverdienstkreuz (BVK) or Federal Cross of Merit – the only national decoration awarded by the German government. The award recognizes those who have had a profound impact on building the relationships between Germany and other nations.

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  • Virus-Inspired Delivery System Transfers Microscopic Cargo Between Human Cells

    Scientists from the University of Utah and University of Washington have developed blueprints that instruct human cells to assemble a virus-like delivery system that can transport custom cargo from one cell to another. As reported online in Nature on Nov. 30, the research is a step toward a nature-inspired means for delivering therapeutics directly to specific cell types within the body.

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  • This Is Your Brain on God

    Religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits in much the same way as love, sex, gambling, drugs and music, report researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine. The findings were published Nov. 29 in the journal Social Neuroscience.

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