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Catching Metastatic Cancer Cells Before they Grow into Tumors: A New Implant Shows Promise

May 23, 2016 | by Rachel M. Dudek and Lonnie Shea, University of Michigan, The Conversation | News | Comments

A 'cure' for cancer is elusive, but scientists are working on ways to detect -- and even prevent -- cancer cells from spreading through the body.

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Shedding Light on the 'Dark Matter' of the Genome

May 23, 2016 9:54 am | by University of Toronto | News | Comments

What used to be dismissed by many as "junk DNA" is back with a vengeance as growing data points to the importance of non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) -- genome's messages that do not code for proteins -- in development and disease. But our progress in understanding these molecules has been slow because of the lack of technologies that allow the systematic mapping of their functions.

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East Coast's Saltmarsh Sparrow Disappearing, Scientists Say

May 23, 2016 9:47 am | by Patrick Whittle, Associated Press | News | Comments

The saltmarsh sparrow is disappearing from its home on the East Coast and could be headed for extinction in as little as 50 years, say scientists whose work could help protect the little birds.

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Reagents for Organoid Growth and Harvesting

May 23, 2016 9:37 am | by AMSBIO | Product Releases | Comments

AMSBIO has introduced two new products to assist scientists adopting organoid culture as a physiologically relevant model for organ development.

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High Resolution Separation and Fractionation of Nanoparticles

May 20, 2016 10:51 am | by Postnova Analytics Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The CF2000 Centrifugal Field Flow Fractionation (CF3) system from Postnova Analytics enhances high resolution separation and fractionation of nanoparticles.

Taking Control of Key Protein Stifles Cancer Spread in Mice

May 20, 2016 10:47 am | by Brown University | News | Comments

In a new study in mice, researchers overcame a process by which cancer co-opts a fundamental protein into protecting it against the body’s defenses.

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Genes Discovered that Enable Birds to Produce Red Color

May 20, 2016 10:43 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

New research on zebra finches has identified for the first time the genes that allow some bird species to produce the red pigment that plays such a critical role in attraction and mating.

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Electronic Device Detects Molecules Linked to Cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

May 20, 2016 10:38 am | by National Nanotechnology Laboratory | News | Comments

A biosensor has been proven capable of detecting molecules associated with neurodegenerative diseases and some types of cancer.

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Trapping Individual Cell Types in the Mouse Brain

May 20, 2016 10:33 am | by Brandeis University | News | Comments

The complexity of the human brain depends upon the many thousands of individual types of nerve cells it contains. Even the much simpler mouse brain probably contains 10,000 or more different neuronal cell types. Scientists report on a new approach for genetically identifying and manipulating these cell types.

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Team Demonstrates Large-scale Technique to Produce Quantum Dots

May 20, 2016 10:27 am | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

A method to produce significant amounts of semiconducting nanoparticles for light-emitting displays, sensors, solar panels and biomedical applications has gained momentum with a demonstration by researchers

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Tampering With the Current in a Petri Dish

May 20, 2016 10:23 am | by Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology | News | Comments

Electricity plays a key role in cell studies, but practical issues linked with the shape of the laboratory cultureware have troubled this research. A Ph.D. student's project, which has led to a patent application and a published article, is radically changing this situation.

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Mechanism that Reduces Effect of Cocaine on Brain Discovered

May 20, 2016 10:17 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

A type of brain cell known as microglia plays a key role in reducing the effects of cocaine in the brain, according to a major study.

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Pain, Anxiety Drug May Be Associated with Birth Defects, Study Says

May 20, 2016 9:59 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The drug pregabalin, which is FDA approved to treat epilepsy and neuropathic pain, may be linked to an increased risk of birth defects.

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Researchers Develop New Way to Decode Large Amounts of Biological Data

May 19, 2016 11:55 am | by University of Maryland | News | Comments

Two researchers have developed an innovative computing technique that, on very large amounts of data, is both faster and more accurate than current methods. To spur research, a program using this technique is being offered for free to the biomedical research community.

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Novel Gene Therapy Shows Potential for Lung Repair in Asthma

May 19, 2016 11:52 am | by American Thoracic Society | News | Comments

A new study has demonstrated a way to deliver a nanoparticle-based gene therapy, in order to repair lungs damaged by chronic allergic asthma and to reduce inflammation that causes asthma attacks.

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Vitamin E a Potential Biomarker for Development of Brain Tumors

May 19, 2016 11:47 am | by Umea University | News | Comments

Researchers have studied possible causes behind the development of brain tumors. The results show differences in expression of certain molecules known as metabolites when comparing healthy individuals with people who would eventually develop brain tumors. The greatest difference were found when looking at vitamin E.

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