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Creativity Tied to Cerebellum for First Time

May 29, 2015 | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Trying to be creative may actually inhibit your ability to do so, according to a new study by researchers at Stanford University.

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We Gain 20,000 Species Yearly—But Lose More Than That

May 28, 2015 8:55 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

A SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) team annually publicly celebrates the discovery of 10 of the most interesting newly discovered species, to bring attention to the fact that, if humans don’t take far greater care of them all, we may have a mass extinction of 70% of all species on Earth within 300 years.

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In-Depth Look at History’s Largest Genetic Twin Study

May 27, 2015 9:04 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

The largest meta-study of twins in history—which examines 14.5 million sets of twins — found that, generally, genes and environment play an equal role in human development.

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Genetics Allow Animals to Produce their Own Sunscreen

May 20, 2015 10:33 am | by Joe Shust, Editor, Continuity Insights | Comments

Researchers have discovered that unique genome sequences allow fish, reptiles, birds and other animals to create a compound that acts as sunscreen.

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New Technology Turns Smartphone into a DNA-Scanning Microscope

May 20, 2015 10:02 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Researchers at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed a new technology that turns a smartphone into a DNA-scanning fluorescent microscope.  Lead researcher Aydogan Ozcan, Howard Hughes Medical Institute chancellor professor at UCLA, sat down with Bioscience Technology to talk about this advancement and its implications for resource-poor labs, and for personalized medicine.

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Abcodia Raises $8M to Launch Ovarian Cancer Screening Test

May 20, 2015 8:35 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

Abcodia announced this week it raised $8 million to bring its ovarian cancer screening test called ROCA to market.

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Cognition Improves After Supplemented Mediterranean Diet, Finds a Rare Trial

May 19, 2015 8:54 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

Cognition improves in older people who eat a plant-based Mediterranean diet with antioxidant-rich extra virgin olive oil or mixed nuts, according to rare clinical trial research published by JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Hong Kong to Use DNA Technology to Publicly Shame Litterbugs

May 18, 2015 11:42 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

DNA phenotyping is just starting to be used to track down criminals, generate new leads on cold-case homicides, and put faces to unidentified and missing people. Now in Hong Kong, it’s being used to threaten litterbugs with public shame, according to organizers of a new anti-polluting campaign.

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Microchip Captures Circulating Tumor Clusters, Providing Clue to Cancer’s Spread

May 18, 2015 11:01 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A tiny microfluidic chip can capture circulating clusters of tumor cells, researchers said. The finding could provide important new clues about how cancer spreads – and could even be a “breakthrough technology,” they said.

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The U.S. Installs New Guidelines for Genetic Testing Accuracy

May 18, 2015 10:00 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The hope is that this standard can be used among the scientific community to see how well their genomic analysis tools match up.

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Five Biotech Startups to Check Out This Month

May 18, 2015 8:53 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

These companies are having an interesting year so far.

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Vitamin D Levels Help Predict Survival of Sick Cats

May 15, 2015 10:39 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Vitamin D could give your sickly feline friend its 10th life, according to a recent study. New research from the University of Edinburgh found that higher levels of vitamin D were linked to increased survival changes for hospitalized cats.

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Personalized Screening Test for Ovarian Cancer Shows Encouraging Results

May 13, 2015 9:32 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

Standard versions of this screening process would have only been able to pinpoint ovarian cancer in less than half of this group.

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GSK Creates New Startup to Find Cure for HIV

May 12, 2015 9:14 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill are teaming up to run this operation. 

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The BioDigital Human: Exploring Health in 3D

May 12, 2015 8:39 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

It has been hailed as the equivalent of Google Maps for the human body by The New York Times, and now the award-winning mobile-friendly platform BioDigital Human is looking to change the way healthcare information is shared, consumed and understood.

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Humans Beat Supercomputer at Poker – but Barely

May 11, 2015 10:00 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Four of the world’s best Texas Hold ‘Em poker players squared off against a computer called Claudico during a two-week tournament at a Pittsburgh casino. Some $170 million was “bet” during the “Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence” exhibition over 80,000 hands.

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