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Largest Cancer Genome Datasets Now Available on the Cloud

November 23, 2015 | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Two of the world’s largest cancer genome datasets are now available to researchers for free, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced last week.

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Scientists Debate Boundaries, Ethics of Human Gene Editing

December 1, 2015 9:40 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Rewriting your DNA is getting closer to reality: A revolutionary technology is opening new frontiers for genetic engineering - a promise of cures for intractable diseases along with anxiety about designer babies.


Handful of Walnuts a Day May Improve Diet Quality

December 1, 2015 8:44 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Adding 2 oz. of walnuts daily could improve diets, blood vessel cell wall function and LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol in people at risk for diabetes, new research shows.


Bioscience Bulletin: Tardigrade DNA, Girls in Science Initiative, and Color-changing Wound Dressings

November 30, 2015 12:12 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

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Folding Your Genes: New Discovery Sheds Light on Disease Risk

November 30, 2015 10:12 am | by University of Manchester | Comments

New research has revealed how gaps between genes interact to influence the risk of acquiring diseases such as arthritis and type 1 diabetes.


Warm Temperatures Worsen Cardiovascular Disease but not Diabetes Risk

November 30, 2015 10:06 am | by UCSF | Comments

You might want to think twice before turning up that thermostat during the holidays. A new study has found that mice who spend too much time in their thermal “comfort zone” while gorging on fatty foods more than double their risk of developing cardiovascular disease compared to mice who stayed cool while eating the same diet.


Neurological Underpinnings of Schizophrenia Just as Complex as the Disorder Itself

November 30, 2015 10:02 am | by UNC | Comments

Schizophrenia, a severe mental disorder affecting about one in 100 people, is notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat, in large part because it manifests differently in different people. A new study helps explain why. Researchers have created a map that shows how specific schizophrenia symptoms are linked to distinct brain circuits.


Brains With Autism Adapt Differently During Implicit Learning

November 30, 2015 9:32 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | Comments

Scientists have discovered a crucial difference in the way learning occurs in the brains of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Researchers examined how the brains of typical and ASD individuals gradually became adapted to visual patterns they were learning, without awareness of the pattern, or implicit learning.


Data Scientists Create World’s First Therapeutic Venom Database

November 30, 2015 9:22 am | by Columbia University | Comments

What doesn’t kill you could cure you. A growing interest in the therapeutic value of animal venom has led a pair of data scientists to create the first catalog of known animal toxins and their physiological effects on humans.


How Cells ‘Climb’ to Build Fruit Fly Tracheas

November 30, 2015 9:09 am | by Johns Hopkins University | Comments

Fruit fly windpipes are much more like human blood vessels than the entryway to human lungs. To create that intricate network, fly embryonic cells must sprout “fingers” and crawl into place. Now researchers have discovered that a protein called Mipp1 is key to cells’ ability to grow these fingers.


Earth is a Wilder, Warmer Place Since Last Climate Deal Made

November 30, 2015 8:41 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | Comments

This time, it's a hotter, waterier, wilder Earth that world leaders are trying to save. The last time that the nations of the world struck a binding agreement to fight global warming was 1997, in Kyoto, Japan. As leaders gather for a conference in Paris on Monday to try to do more, it's clear things have changed dramatically over the past 18 years.


Scientists Reveal Potential Treatment for Life-Threatening Viral Infections

November 25, 2015 10:42 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | Comments

Scientists have shown for the first time how a previously unknown process works to promote infection in a number of dangerous viruses, including dengue, West Nile and Ebola. The new study also points to a potential treatment, an experimental antibiotic that appears to inhibit infection by these deadly viruses, all of which lack vaccines and treatments.


Researchers Study Alzheimer’s Disease in People with Down Syndrome

November 25, 2015 10:35 am | by Columbia University | Comments

The risk of Alzheimer’s disease—the most common cause of dementia—increases as a person ages. But the risk of Alzheimer’s is increased dramatically for adults with Down syndrome.


Umbilical Cells Help Eye’s Neurons Connect

November 25, 2015 10:29 am | by Duke University | Comments

Cells isolated from human umbilical cord tissue have been shown to produce molecules that help retinal neurons from the eyes of rats grow, connect and survive, according to researchers.


Robots: the Curiosity of the Body

November 25, 2015 10:25 am | by Max Planck Institute | Comments

Researchers have now shown in simulations with robots, that their brains, made of artificial neurons, do not need a higher-level control center for generating curiosity. Curiosity arises solely from feedback loops between sensors that provide stimuli about interactions of the robot’s body with the environment on the one hand and motion commands on the other.


New Class of RNA Tumor Suppressors Identified

November 25, 2015 10:12 am | by Stanford University | Comments

A pair of RNA molecules originally thought to be no more than cellular housekeepers are deleted in over a quarter of common human cancers, according to researchers. Breast cancer patients whose tumors lack the RNA molecules have poorer survival rates than their peers.



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