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Research Could Lead to Next-Gen Cancer Therapy

March 10, 2016 | by Ryan Bushey, Digital Editor | Comments

The scientists studied two lung cancer patients where they found immune cells in the tumors that corresponded with the aforementioned antigens.


Make Your Resins Work For You

May 31, 2016 10:20 am | by Payal Khandelwal, Ph.D., Global Product Manager, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. | Comments

A wide array of resins with diverse properties is currently available to help with complex purification requirements and challenges. However, no single resin currently on the market can encapsulate all the properties needed for complete one-step purification. Hence, typically a series of purification steps are performed with different resins contributing to the workflow, to achieve the final purification goal.


Effects of Maternal Smoking Continue Long After Birth

May 31, 2016 10:12 am | by Yale University | Comments

Early exposure to nicotine can trigger widespread genetic changes that affect formation of connections between brain cells long after birth, a new study has found. The finding helps explains why maternal smoking has been linked to behavioral changes such as attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, addiction and conduct disorder.


UN: Sex Transmission of Zika More Common than First Thought

May 31, 2016 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The U.N. health agency says sexual transmission of Zika is more common than first thought. It is updating its advice to women who have been in areas hit by the virus, telling them to wait even longer to conceive.


Next-generation Gene Sequencing Helps Diagnose Rare Diseases in Newborns

May 31, 2016 10:07 am | by Canadian Medical Association Journal | Comments

The use of next-generation gene sequencing in newborns in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) may improve the diagnosis of rare diseases and deliver results more quickly to anxious families, according to new research.


The Brain Clock that Keeps Memories Ticking

May 31, 2016 10:01 am | by Riken Brain Science Institute | Comments

In the hippocampus--the brain's memory center--temporal ordering of the neural code is important for building a mental map of where you've been, where you are, and where you are going. New research has pinpointed how the neurons that represent space in mice stay in time.


Health Officials Now Confirm 11 Cases of Measles in Arizona

May 31, 2016 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

An outbreak of measles that began with an inmate at a federal detention center for immigrants in central Arizona has now grown to 11 confirmed cases, officials said Monday.


Biotech Startup Looks to Build Largest Biobank to Advance Regenerative Medicine

May 31, 2016 9:38 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Boston-based biotech start-up Orig3n is looking to build the largest and most diverse biobank, harnessing the power of induced pluripotent stem cell technology to accelerate regenerative medicine.


Can We Extend Healthspan by Altering the Perception of Food?

May 27, 2016 9:48 am | by Buck Institute for Research on Aging | Comments

Researchers have shown a new effect on aging via a small drug-like molecule that alters the perception of food in the nematode C. elegans. Researchers "tricked" the worm's metabolism into a state of caloric restriction, extending the animal's lifespan by 50 percent.


New Technique Captures Activity of an Entire Brain in a Snapshot

May 27, 2016 9:44 am | by Rockefeller University | Comments

When it comes to measuring brain activity, scientists have tools that can take a precise look at a small slice of the brain (less than one cubic millimeter), or a blurred look at a larger area. Now, researchers have described a new technique that combines the best of both worlds--it captures a detailed snapshot of global activity in the mouse brain.


Automating DNA Origami Opens Door to Many New Uses

May 27, 2016 9:40 am | by Helen Knight, MIT News Office | Comments

Researchers can build complex, nanometer-scale structures of almost any shape and form, using strands of DNA. But these particles must be designed by hand, in a complex and laborious process. Now a team of researchers has developed an algorithm that can build these DNA nanoparticles automatically.


CDC Urges Speed on Zika as House Moves to Negotiate Funding

May 27, 2016 9:35 am | by Andrew Taylor and Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. must act more quickly to protect pregnant women from birth defect-causing Zika, a top health official said Thursday even as the House left town for its Memorial Day recess with no visible progress toward a congressional compromise on emergency funding to battle the virus.


Report: 1st US Case of Germ Resistant to Last Resort Drug

May 27, 2016 9:31 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | Comments

For the first time, a U.S. patient has been infected with bacteria resistant to an antibiotic used as a last resort treatment, scientists said Thursday.


Study: Brain Scans Reveal Hidden Consciousness in Patients

May 27, 2016 9:28 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | Comments

A standard brain scanning technique is showing promise for helping doctors distinguish between patients in a vegetative state and those with hidden signs of consciousness.


Development of Gut Microbes and Gut Immunity Linked

May 27, 2016 9:25 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | Comments

Studying twins from birth through age 2, scientists have shown that the gut’s immune system develops in sync with the gut’s tens of trillions of microbes.



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