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The Proto Website presents advances in medicine and biotechnology in an electronic format that is accessible to the educated lay audience as well as to physicians. It is not intended to be a medical journal; however, it will include scientific articles, illustrated with photos and graphics, as well as human-interest stories and features about some of the clinicians/scientists responsible for these advances.

Some information on the site is written by health care providers affiliated with the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and its affiliates while some content is provided by outside sources.

This site is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical advice, and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider's judgment. Users of the Proto Website should not rely upon the site if they might need emergency medical treatment. We strongly encourage users to consult with a qualified health care professional for answers to personal questions.

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