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New Lens-Free Microscope Detects Cancer At Cellular Level

December 17, 2014 | by UCLA | Comments

Researchers have developed a lens-free microscope that can be used to detect the presence of cancer or other cell-level abnormalities with the same accuracy as larger and more expensive optical microscopes.         

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Considering Whole Genome Sequencing for Newborns

December 18, 2014 5:16 pm | by Nora Dunne, Northwestern University | Comments

A recent exploratory study asked genetics experts to consider genome sequencing for newborn populations, revealing varying opinions about the future of genomics.                  

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Healthy Brain Development Balanced on Edge of Cellular 'Sword'

December 18, 2014 5:09 pm | by Bill Hathaway, Yale University | Comments

A new Yale-led study of children with neurodevelopmental abnormalities of the brain identifies a “cutting” enzyme crucial to the shaping and division of brain cells as well as the replenishment of neural stem cells.        

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Serotonin Neuron Subtypes

December 18, 2014 4:37 pm | by Stephanie Dutchen, Harvard Medical School | Comments

Neuroscientists have proposed that brain cells come in different subtypes that have different properties and responsibilities.                     

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New Findings Demonstrate Effective Treatment for Diabetes Patients

December 18, 2014 4:23 pm | by University of Pennsylvania | Comments

Scientists have found a new way to help Type 1 diabetes patients defend themselves against life-threatening low blood sugar.                       

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'Master Regulator' Gene Can Stimulate Other Genes in Early Brain Development

December 18, 2014 4:10 pm | by NYU | Comments

Chemical modifications to DNA’s packaging — known as epigenetic changes — can activate or repress genes involved in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and early brain development.              

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'Hairclip' Protein Mechanism Explained

December 18, 2014 3:57 pm | by University of Cambridge | Comments

New research has identified a fundamental mechanism for controlling protein function.                              

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Team Creates Method for Probing How Molecules Fold

December 18, 2014 3:46 pm | Comments

Scientists have developed a powerful new system for studying how proteins and other biological molecules form and lose their natural folded structures.                  

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Gene-Editing Guide

December 17, 2014 4:42 pm | by Sue McGreevy, Harvard University | Comments

Investigators have developed a method for detecting unwanted DNA breaks—across the entire genome of human cells—induced by the popular gene-editing tools called CRISPR-Cas RNA-guided nucleases (RGNs).          

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Scientists Open New Frontier of Vast Chemical 'Space'

December 17, 2014 4:20 pm | Comments

Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute have invented a powerful method for joining complex organic molecules that is extraordinarily robust.                    

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Stem Cells Faulty in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

December 17, 2014 4:03 pm | by Stanford University | Comments

Like human patients, mice with a form of Duchenne muscular dystrophy undergo progressive muscle degeneration and accumulate connective tissue as they age. Now, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found that the fault may lie at least partly in the stem cells that surround the muscle fibers.

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UK Proposes Rules for Embryos Made From 3 People

December 17, 2014 2:53 pm | by Maria Cheng - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

New rules proposed in Britain would make it the first country to allow embryos to be made from the DNA of three people in order to prevent mothers from passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases to their babies.        

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Multiple Allergic Reactions Traced to Single Protein

December 17, 2014 2:39 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | Comments

Johns Hopkins and University of Alberta researchers have identified a single protein as the root of painful and dangerous allergic reactions to a range of medications and other substances.            

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Brain-Injury Program Working With NFL Players

December 17, 2014 11:07 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A brain-injury treatment program originally designed for military veterans injured on the battlefield has been updated to include professional athletes. Representatives with the Eisenhower Center announced that it will be the primary facility used by the NFL Players Association for treating brain injuries and other neurological issues through the After the Impact program.  

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Targeted Computer Games Can Change Behavior of Psychopaths

December 17, 2014 11:03 am | by NYU Langone | Comments

Psychopaths generally do not feel fear and fail to consider the emotions of others, or reflect upon their behavior — traits that make them notoriously difficult to treat.                                              

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New Technology Advances Eye Tracking As Biomarker for Brain Function

December 17, 2014 10:59 am | by NYU Langone | Comments

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have developed  new technology that can assess the location and impact of a brain injury merely by tracking the eye movements of patients as they watch music videos for less than four minutes, according to a study publishedin the Journal of Neurosurgery.

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