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Rarely-seen Whale Washes up on Massachusetts Beach

July 27, 2015 | by The Associated Press | Comments

Biologists with the New England Aquarium are investigating what may have caused a rarely-seen deep water whale to wash up on a Massachusetts beach.

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Recurrent Ovarian Cancer Patients May Have Hope

July 27, 2015 4:46 pm | by Harvard University | Comments

A gene therapy that delivers a protein that suppresses the development of female reproductive organs may improve survival rates in patients with ovarian cancer that has recurred after chemotherapy. Recurrence happens 70 percent of the time and is invariably fatal.

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Deadly and Distinctive: Cancer Caused by Gene Deletions

July 27, 2015 10:00 am | by Yale University | Comments

A deadly form of T cell lymphoma is caused by an unusually large number gene deletions, making it distinct among cancers, a new study shows.

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Sleep Makes Our Memories More Accessible, Study Shows

July 27, 2015 9:54 am | by University of Exeter | Comments

Sleeping not only protects memories from being forgotten, it also makes them easier to access, according to new research. The findings suggest that after sleep we are more likely to recall facts which we could not remember while still awake.

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Bioscience Bulletin: Biotech Startups, Mosquito Senses, and REM Sleep

July 27, 2015 8:05 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

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DNA Damage Seen in Patients Undergoing CT Scanning

July 24, 2015 9:38 am | by Stanford University | Comments

Along with the burgeoning use of advanced medical imaging tests over the past decade have come rising public health concerns about possible links between low-dose radiation and cancer.

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Fat Sense: Scientists Show We Have a Distinct Taste for Fat

July 24, 2015 9:04 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | Comments

Move over sweet and salty: Researchers say we have a distinct and basic taste for fat, too. But it's nowhere near as delicious as it sounds.

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‘Stem Cell Factories’ of the Future?

July 24, 2015 8:54 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Scientists from the University of Nottingham in England have discovered a fully man-made substrate that could produce billions of human embryonic stem cells and move laboratory-based research to industrial-scale biomedicine.  The research, published in the journal Advanced Materials, could lead the way for what the team calls ‘stem cell factories’ – the mass production of human pluripotent stem cells.

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Understanding a Cell Component Integral for Mechanical Stability

July 24, 2015 8:05 am | by Northwestern University | Comments

A human cell’s cytoskeleton – the protein network that supports its shape and function – is made of three components. Scientists know a lot about two of them but they’ve only recently had the technological advances to study the dynamics of the third in detail. In a new pair of studies scientists help explain how this third component – slender, threadlike structures called intermediate filaments – moves and assembles to protect cells.

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Kiwi DNA Study Reveals Bird Lost Color Vision

July 24, 2015 8:04 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Scientists say they have sequenced the genome of the brown kiwi for the first time, revealing that the shy, flightless bird likely lost its ability to see colors after it became nocturnal tens of millions of years ago.

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New Rice Crop Could Feed World, Curb Climate Change, Study Says

July 23, 2015 10:57 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Half the world’s population depends on rice to survive. That human population continues to grow by the billions in the 21st century. But, rice crops are releasing massive amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas. Now, a group of researchers has unveiled a genetically modified super rice that has more starch, yet releases a fraction of the harmful methane.

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Finalists Announced for the 2015 R&D 100 Awards

July 23, 2015 10:44 am | by Advantage Business Media | Comments

R&D Magazine has announced the Finalists for the 53rd annual R&D 100 Awards, which honor the 100 most innovative technologies and services of the past year. This year’s Winners will be presented with their honors at the annual black-tie awards dinner on November 13, 2015 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Study: DNA Reveals New Wrinkle About Settlement of Americas

July 23, 2015 8:25 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | Comments

Scientists have discovered a previously unknown source of ancestry for some native peoples in Brazil, suggesting a new wrinkle in the story of the settlement of the Americas.

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Acupuncture Works in Rats, Similar to Pain Drugs in Humans

July 23, 2015 8:24 am | by Georgetown University | Comments

In animal models, acupuncture appears to impact the same biologic pathways ramped up by pain and stress, analogous to what drugs do in humans. Researchers say their animal study, published online in Endocrinology, provides the strongest evidence to date on the mechanism of this ancient Chinese therapy in chronic stress.

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Smokers With Migraines Have Increased Stroke Risk, Study Says

July 23, 2015 8:23 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Smokers who experience migraines have an increased risk of stroke, according to a new study. Smoking and the intense headaches could work together to cause vascular changes within the body, potentially interrupting blood supply to the brain, according to the study, published today in the journal Neurology.

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Bionic Eye Implanted in Britain

July 23, 2015 8:23 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A bionic eye implant to treat a common cause of blindness in the elderly was implanted for the first time in Great Britain, according to the developer of the device. So far, the results appear inconclusive – but there is hope it could treat others in the future, according to the company.

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