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The vetting process


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Humans and other animals suffer from many of the same ailments. Yet, aside from cases in which diseases cross the species barrier, veterinarians and physicians rarely work together to tackle common health problems. That may soon change. Katharine Gammon profiles one cardiologist who is pioneering a species-spanning approach to biomedical research.

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  • 12 June 2012

     In the June 2012 issue, the article entitled “The vetting process” (Nat. Med. 18, 847–849, 2012) stated that capture myopathy kills up to half of all wildlife brought into captivity. The correct proportion is up to one in ten. The error has been corrected in the PDF and HTML versions of this article.

  • 21 June 2012

    In the June 2012 issue, the article entitled “The vetting process” (Nat. Med. 18, 847–849, 2012) incorrectly stated that the research techniques designed for freezing, thawing and grafting ovarian tissue for wildlife conservation had helped women give birth to healthy babies after fertility-compromising cancer treatments. These techniques are helping fertility preservation methods but have not been directly applied in human treatments. The error has been corrected in the HTML and PDF versions of the article.


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