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T. Rex Autopsy Coming to the Small Screen

May 22, 2015 | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The deceased waits on the slab, under the glare of lights. But the corpse is 46 feet long, has a heart 100 times larger than a human’s and sharpened teeth up to a foot long. The cameras roll, as the doctor makes the first incision.

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Bioscience Bulletin: Brain Boosters; New Technology

May 22, 2015 2:53 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Welcome to Bioscience Technology’s new series Bioscience Bulletin, where we bring you the five most popular headlines from the week.

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Proteins May Slow Memory Loss in People With Alzheimer’s

May 22, 2015 10:04 am | by Iowa State University | Comments

Certain proteins may slow the devastating memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study.

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Science Funding Bill Passes a Split House, Despite Scientist Opposition

May 22, 2015 9:53 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The American Competes Reauthorization Act of 2015 was passed by a split House of Representatives Wednesday, amid opposition from a wide swath of the scientific community. The passage also came after hours of negotiations of the bill, which Republicans have said would keep overall federal spending flat – while opponents have said would constrain how the National Science Foundation would be able to spend that money.

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Beyond Average

May 22, 2015 9:37 am | by Harvard University | Comments

New platforms genetically barcode tens of thousands of cells at a time

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Scientists Figure Out How Vitamin E Keeps Muscles Healthy

May 21, 2015 10:57 am | by Georgia Regents University | Comments

Body builders have it right: vitamin E does help build strong muscles, and scientists appear to have figured out one important way it does it.

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News on Asthma and Peanut Allergies Could Lead to Misdiagnosis, Unnecessary Testing

May 21, 2015 10:48 am | by University of Michigan | Comments

Allergist raises concerns about highly-publicized research findings suggesting that children with asthma are prone to peanut allergy.

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Panda Gut Bacteria Can’t Efficiently Digest Bamboo

May 21, 2015 10:40 am | by American Society for Microbiology | Comments

It’s no wonder that giant pandas are always chewing and eating, say Chinese researchers: their gut bacteria are not the type for efficiently digesting bamboo. The bamboo-eating giant panda actually harbors a carnivore-like gut microbiota predominated by bacteria such as Escherichia/Shigella and Streptococcus, according to new research.

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Uncovering Mechanisms of Replication in HPV

May 21, 2015 10:28 am | by Northwestern University | Comments

Scientists have identified proteins that mediate aspects of virus replication in the lifecycle of human papillomavirus (HPV), a finding that may lead to new therapeutic targets for treatment of infections caused by the virus.

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Shining a New Light on the Immune System

May 21, 2015 9:45 am | by University of St. Andrews | Comments

Scientists have developed a revolutionary method of identifying cells of the immune system with “molecular fingerprints” which could pave the way for the rapid detection of conditions such as leukemia and lymphoma from a small blood sample.

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L’Oreal Partners with Organovo to Produce 3D Printed Skin

May 21, 2015 9:23 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

L’Oreal is partnering with bioprinting startup Organovo to engineer 3D printed skin tissue to test products and perform other advanced research, the companies announced in a joint statement this week.

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Adults Harbor Lots of Risky Autoreactive Immune Cells

May 20, 2015 10:48 am | by Stanford University | Comments

Even though self-targeting immune cells remain prolific in adults’ bloodstreams, some kind of internal emergency brake seems to prevent them from triggering autoimmune disease — usually.

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FDA Proposes to Know More About Antibiotic Use in Animals

May 20, 2015 10:20 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is moving to collect more information on antibiotics used in animals that become meat. It's an effort to stem antibiotic-resistant diseases.

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Study Explains How Early Childhood Vaccination Reduces Leukemia Risk

May 20, 2015 10:09 am | by University of California San Francisco | Comments

A team of researchers has discovered how a commonly administered vaccine protects against acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common type of childhood cancer.

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Researchers Identify Potentially Effective Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction

May 20, 2015 10:07 am | by UCLA | Comments

A new study has found that Naltrexone, a drug used to treat alcoholism, may also be a promising treatment for addiction to methamphetamine.

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Neuroscientists ID Part of Brain Devoted to Processing Speech

May 19, 2015 9:49 am | by New York University | Comments

A team of  neuroscientists has identified a part of the brain exclusively devoted to processing speech. Its findings point to the superior temporal sulcus (STS), located in the temporal lobe, and help settle a long-standing debate about role-specific neurological functions.

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