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Studies find 'young' blood rejuvenates aging mice

May 4, 2014 3:23 pm | by Malcolm Ritter - AP Science Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

If Mickey Mouse is feeling his age at 86, scientists may have found just the tonic: the blood of younger mice. Older mice got stronger, exercised longer and performed better mentally after they were injected with blood from young mice, or even just with a substance that's more abundant in younger...

Indiana health officials: MERS patient improving

May 3, 2014 11:17 pm | by Tom Coyne - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

State health officials say the man hospitalized in Indiana with the first U.S. case of a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East is improving. The Indiana Department of Health says in a statement late Saturday that the patient remains at Community Hospital in Munster in...

FDA panel pans over-the-counter Singulair proposal

May 2, 2014 4:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal health advisers have voted against a Merck proposal to sell its prescription respiratory pill Singulair as an over-the-counter allergy medication. The Food and Drug Administration's panel of experts voted 11-4 Friday against making the drug available without a prescription. Merck sells...

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Automated Next Generation Sequencing Sample Prep

May 2, 2014 1:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hamilton Robotics, as part of its co-marketing partnership with Illumina, is developing automated solutions for NGS sample preparation that reduce hands-on time, minimize operational variability, and deliver consistent results. Illumina is providing input on the protocols and assay performance.

30-year Puzzle in Breast Cancer Solved

May 2, 2014 1:29 pm | News | Comments

Scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center demonstrate that mice lacking one copy of a gene called CTCF have abnormal DNA methylation and are markedly predisposed to cancer. CTCF is a very well-studied DNA binding protein that exerts a major influence on the architecture of the human genome, but had not been previously linked to cancer.

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Undersea Warfare: Viruses Hijack Deep-sea Bacteria at Hydrothermal Vents

May 2, 2014 1:10 pm | News | Comments

More than a mile beneath the ocean's surface, as dark clouds of mineral-rich water billow from seafloor hot springs called hydrothermal vents, unseen armies of viruses and bacteria wage war. Like pirates boarding a treasure-laden ship, the viruses infect bacterial cells to get the loot: tiny globules of elemental sulfur stored inside the bacterial cells.

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Infertile Men's Stem Cells Form Germ Cells in Mice

May 2, 2014 1:07 pm | News | Comments

Stem cells made from the skin of adult, infertile men yield primordial germ cells— cells that normally become sperm— when transplanted into the reproductive system of mice, according to researchers.               

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'Remodeled' Nuclei a Possible Treatment for Accelerated Aging Disease

May 2, 2014 12:57 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have identified a key chemical that can repair the damage to cells which causes a rare but devastating disease involving accelerated aging. The discovery might also suggest ways to alleviate other diseases associated with normal aging.

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Mapping Neural Activity with Molecular Precision

May 2, 2014 12:25 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have established a technique that allows them to track neural communication in the brain over time, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) along with a specialized molecular sensor.                 

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Out of Shape? Your Memory May Suffer

May 2, 2014 12:10 pm | News | Comments

Here’s another reason to drop that doughnut and hit the treadmill: A new study suggests aerobic fitness affects long-term memory. The study is one of the first to investigate young, supposedly healthy adults.           

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AstraZeneca rejects sweetened Pfizer takeover bid

May 2, 2014 6:22 am | by Danica Kirka - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The board of pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca on Friday rejected drug maker Pfizer's sweetened takeover offer. Pfizer earlier in the day said it is offering 50 pounds ($84) a share in cash and stock, a 7.3 increase on a previous bid. The offer values AstraZeneca at $106 billion. AstraZeneca's...

Newly Arrived Virus Gains Foothold in Caribbean

May 1, 2014 6:17 pm | by David Mcfadden - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A recently arrived mosquito-borne virus that causes an abrupt onset of high fever and intense joint pain is rapidly gaining a foothold in many spots of the Caribbean, health experts said. There are currently more than 4,000 confirmed cases of the fast-spreading chikungunya virus in the Caribbean, most of them in the French Caribbean islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe and St. Martin.

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Scientists Urge Delay in Destroying Last Smallpox

May 1, 2014 5:22 pm | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

More than three decades after the eradication of smallpox, U.S. officials say it's still not time to destroy the last known stockpiles of the virus behind one of history's deadliest diseases. The world's health ministers meet later this month to debate, again, the fate of vials held under tight security in two labs — one in the U.S. and one in Russia.

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Refrigerated Circulating Bath Increases Sample Capacity

May 1, 2014 2:52 pm | Thermo Fisher Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

The Thermo Scientific VersaCool Refrigerated Circulating Bath is suitable for use as a refrigerated bath or circulator that can control the temperature of external equipment.

Automated Next Generation Sequencing Applications

May 1, 2014 2:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, through a partnership with Illumina, offers automated methods to improve processes and throughput in next generation sequencing (NGS) sample preparation. Under the agreement, Beckman Coulter will use its experience in automated NGS sample preparation to develop, distribute and support automation for Illumina’s TruSeq and Nextera sample preparation kits and Illumina will provide technical expertise on chemistry and protocols.

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