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Higher Fitness Linked to Reduced Risk of Death After First Heart Attack

February 1, 2016 9:51 am | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Researchers report evidence that higher levels of physical fitness may not only reduce risk of heart attacks and death from all causes, but also possibly improve the chances of survival after a first attack.

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'BPA-free' Plastic Accelerates Embryonic Development, Disrupts Reproductive System

February 1, 2016 9:44 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

Companies advertise "BPA-free" as a safer version of plastic products ranging from water bottles to sippy cups to toys. Yet new research demonstrates that BPS (Bisphenol S), a common replacement for BPA, speeds up embryonic development and disrupts the reproductive system.

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Mapping Regulatory Elements

February 1, 2016 9:37 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers describe a new technique for systematically but efficiently searching long stretches of the genome for regulatory elements. And in their first application of the technique, they find evidence that current thinking about gene regulation is incomplete.

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Britain Approves Controversial Gene-editing Technique

February 1, 2016 9:17 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Britain's fertility regulator has approved a scientist's request to edit the human genetic code in an effort to fight inherited diseases - but critics fear the new technique crosses too many ethical boundaries.

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Cleanroom Ladders

January 29, 2016 10:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Non-folding cleanroom ladders and work platforms designed and manufactured by Terra Universal support up to 300 pounds, and are OSHA-compliant for safety. Durable ladders are made of stainless steel; electropolishing available to meet the most stringent ISO cleanliness standards.

Study Finds Risk of Pulmonary Embolism From Ultrasound

January 29, 2016 10:36 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

Ultrasound is the most common technique for detecting a widespread cardiovascular condition: blood clots in the leg, otherwise known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). But there’s a little known — yet serious — risk to using ultrasound to diagnose DVT, say researchers in a new study published this week.

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New Way to Identify Brain Tumor Aggressiveness

January 29, 2016 10:30 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

A multinational study suggests a new way of classifying gliomas that may have a significant impact on patient management and may lead to the development of more targeted therapies.

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Graphene Shown to Safely Interact with Neurons in the Brain

January 29, 2016 10:17 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Researchers have shown that graphene can be used to make electrodes that can be implanted in the brain, which could potentially be used to restore sensory functions for amputee or paralysed patients, or for individuals with motor disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

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A Cancer’s Surprise Origins, Caught in Action

January 29, 2016 10:07 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Researchers, for the first time, visualized the origins of cancer from the first affected cell and watched its spread in a live animal. Their work could change the way scientists understand melanoma and other cancers and lead to new, early treatments before the cancer has taken hold.

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How Severe Maternal Inflammation Can Lead to Autism-like Behavior

January 29, 2016 9:54 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a study of mice, researchers found that immune cells activated in the mother during severe inflammation produce an immune effector molecule called IL-17 that appears to interfere with brain development.

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Pipette Tip of the Week: Temperature Variation

January 29, 2016 8:55 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Welcome to Pipette Tip of the Week, where each week during the month of January we will bring you one or two pipetting tricks to help your technique in the lab

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Common Growth Factor in Brain Might Slow Cognitive Decline

January 29, 2016 8:49 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

With age, often comes mental decline, but a new study published in Neurology this week points to potential neuroprotective effects from a common growth factor in the brain. 

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Digital Microscope Cameras

January 28, 2016 11:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

ZEISS introduced two new digital microscope cameras during the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB 2015) in San Diego. ZEISS Axiocam 702 mono and ZEISS Axiocam 512 color complement the current portfolio of high-speed USB 3.0 microscope cameras.

Head Shape and Genetics Augment Understanding of Rattlesnake Species

January 28, 2016 11:31 am | by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Using head shape and genetic analyses, new research challenges the formerly designated subspecies within the western rattlesnake species. These findings have important implications for ecological conservation efforts across the United States and could provide the basis for new species designations.

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