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Paternal Sperm May Hold Clues to Autism

April 16, 2015 | by Johns Hopkins | Comments

Tags on DNA from fathers’ sperm linked to children’s autism symptoms.

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Agency Proposes Lifting Most Humpback Whales' Protections

April 20, 2015 4:35 pm | by Caleb Jones, Associated Press | Comments

The federal government on Monday proposed removing most of the world's humpback whale population from the endangered species list, saying they have rebounded after 45 years of protections.

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Early Human Embryos Make Viral Proteins

April 20, 2015 4:30 pm | by Stanford University | Comments

Human embryos make viral proteins within days of fertilization.

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Molecular Spies Sabotage a Protein's Activities in Specific Cellular Compartments

April 17, 2015 3:19 pm | by Johns Hopkins | Comments

Researchers find key to a critical enzyme’s many roles. The enzyme AMPK initiates many different cellular activities, even though its own activity is controlled by a single switch.

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Cell Type Responsible for Scarring, Skin-cancer Growth Identified

April 17, 2015 3:12 pm | by Stanford University | Comments

A single cell type in the skin of mice is a major contributor to scarring after wound healing or radiation damage, and facilitates the growth of melanoma. Blocking the cell’s activity in humans may be possible with currently approved drugs.

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Study Describes First Steps in Basic Biological Process that Could Be Used to Harness Therapeutic Cells

April 17, 2015 2:23 pm | by University of Penn Medicine | Comments

Understanding the molecular signals that guide early cells in the embryo to develop into different types of organs provides insight into how tissues regenerate and repair themselves.

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Encountering a Wall Corrects 'GPS' Cells in Mouse Brains

April 17, 2015 10:20 am | by Stanford University | Comments

Researchers have found more evidence that the brain’s grid cells help a mouse mentally map its location in the dark.

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Physicians Want Dr. Oz Gone From Columbia Medical Faculty

April 17, 2015 10:06 am | by Verena Dobnik, Associated Press | Comments

Columbia University has not removed TV celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz from his faculty position as a group of top doctors has demanded, citing his "egregious lack of integrity" for promoting what they call "quack treatments."

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Nanoparticles at Specific Temperature Stimulate Antitumor Response

April 17, 2015 9:59 am | by Dartmouth College | Comments

Dartmouth researchers identify precise heat to boost immune system against cancer tumors.

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Intersex Surgeries Spark Move Away From Drastic Treatment

April 17, 2015 9:44 am | by Lindsey Tanner, Medical Writer, Associated Press | Comments

She was born to a young Chicago couple, named Jennifer, and grew into a beautiful long-lashed child with wavy dark hair, big brown eyes and a yearning, youthful desire to be just like all the other girls.

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Noise-related Hearing Loss Might be in Your Genes

April 17, 2015 9:29 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

A genome-wide association study conducted by an international team led by the University of Southern California identified Nox3 as a critical gene for susceptibility to noise-induced hearing loss in mice.  The gene, which is almost exclusively expressed in the inner ear, was identified in a study published in the April 16 edition of PLOS Genetics.

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Rare, Deadly Lymphoma Demystified

April 16, 2015 10:46 am | by Columbia University | Comments

Findings identify a cause of the disease and highlight potential therapeutic approach.

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Disney-linked Measles Outbreak Soon to be Over in California

April 16, 2015 10:35 am | by Alicia Chang, Science Writer, Associated Press | Comments

A measles outbreak that began at Disneyland and reignited debate about vaccinations is nearing an end.

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Open Road to the Circuit Diagram of the Brain

April 16, 2015 10:29 am | by Max Planck Institute | Comments

Staining method brings the reconstruction of all nerve cells and their connections within reach.

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Scientists Use Brain Stimulation to Boost Creativity

April 16, 2015 10:17 am | by UNC | Comments

Using a weak electric current to alter a specific brain activity pattern, UNC School of Medicine researchers increased creativity in healthy adults. Now they’re testing the same experimental protocol to alleviate symptoms in people with depression.

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California Launches Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine

April 16, 2015 10:03 am | by University of California San Francisco | Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown is launching a statewide initiative with the University of California, to advance the field of precision medicine. The effort will involve collaborating with other academic and industry partners and starting to build the infrastructure and assemble the resources necessary to further develop the field.

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