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Micro Heart Muscle Created From Stem Cells

April 21, 2016 10:33 am | by Gladstone Institutes | News | Comments

Scientists have invented a new way to create three-dimensional human heart tissue from stem cells that dramatically reduces the number of cells needed, making it an easier, cheaper, and more efficient system. The tissue can be used to model disease and test drugs.

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Taking Aspirin Could Increase Cancer Survival by 20 Percent

April 21, 2016 10:32 am | by Cardiff University | News | Comments

Patients receiving cancer treatment could increase their chance of survival by up to 20 percent and help stop their cancer from spreading by taking a low-dose of aspirin, new research suggests.

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Optogenetics Sheds Light on Pain Relief

April 21, 2016 10:17 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Using optogenetics, researchers from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University have shown a non-invasive, highly-specific form of pain relief in mice. The findings contribute to the understanding of chronic pain physiology and set the stage for an alternate method of pain treatment.

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Botox May Lessen Chronic Migraines

April 21, 2016 10:09 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Botox, often used to even out wrinkles, can also be used to ease chronic migraines, according to updated guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology.

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Software Toolkit Provides Integrated Workflow for Cellular Imaging

April 20, 2016 10:48 am | by Molecular Devices, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The ImageXpress Micro 4 High-Content Imaging System and MetaXpress High-Content Image Acquisition and Analysis Software provide a premiere, integrated and scalable toolset for optimal 3D image acquisition and analysis.  

Are Lab Mice Too Cold? Why it Matters for Science

April 20, 2016 10:32 am | by Cell Press | News | Comments

A typical mouse laboratory is kept between 20 and 26 degrees C, but if the mice had it their way, it would be a warm 30 degrees C. While the mice are still considered healthy at cooler temperatures, they expend more energy to maintain their core temperature, and evidence is mounting that even mild chronic cold stress is skewing results in studies of cancer, inflammation, and more.

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Scientists Reveal How the Brain Generates Respiratory Rhythm

April 20, 2016 10:28 am | by Drexel University | News | Comments

Bringing a steady supply of fresh air to the lungs can seem like a simple task, but breathing is a careful orchestration of brain and body. Now scientists have introduced a new concept of how the brain is involved in this essential function, providing new insight into how breathing disorders could be treated in the future.

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Better Preemie Pain Relief Sought Amid New Call for Action

April 20, 2016 10:21 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

It happens every day to the most vulnerable infants in hospital intensive care units: fragile babies born way too soon are poked, prodded and jabbed as part of medical care meant to help them survive - and it can be heart-wrenching to watch.

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How Did Human Paired Limbs Evolve? Study Targets Role of Gill Arch in Fish

April 20, 2016 10:17 am | by Marine Biological Laboratory | News | Comments

Sharks, skates, and rays are oddities among the fish: They have appendages growing out of the gill arch, a small cradle of bones that supports the gills. This anatomical peculiarity has led to the proposal that the paired limbs of humans, and before that the paired fins of fish, evolved from the transformation of gill arches in early fish.

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Genetic Variants Linked to Well-being, Depression, Neuroticism Identified

April 20, 2016 9:28 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

An international team of scientists has performed a genome-wide analysis on nearly 300,000 individuals, in one of the largest genomic studies on behavioral genetics to date, and identified genes connected to subjective well-being, depressive symptoms and neuroticism. 

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Scientists Identify People’s “BrainPrint” with 100 Percent Accuracy

April 20, 2016 9:17 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A new study from Binghamton University suggests brain waves can be a highly accurate way to identify individuals. The so-called “brainprint” could be a promising next-generation biometric.

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UHPLC Columns Provide Advanced Separation Power

April 19, 2016 9:55 am | by Thermo Fisher Scientific | Thermo Fisher Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

Researchers working with complex samples can now benefit from new UHPLC columns that are designed to provide advanced separation power, speed of analysis and throughput. The new Thermo Scientific Vanquish UHPLC columns are the latest addition to the Vanquish family and are specifically designed to complement the high performance Vanquish UHPLC systems.

New Autism Research: A Nutrient Called Carnitine Might Counteract Gene Mutations Linked with ASD Risks

April 19, 2016 9:46 am | by Vytas A. Bankaitis and Zhigang Xie, The Conversation | News | Comments

Scientists decided to take a closer look at mutations in one of the genes associated with ASD, called TMLHE, which is required for a critical chemical reaction that lets cells burn fat molecules to produce energy. They wanted to understand how a TMLHE mutation could increase autism risk and whether they could counteract the effect of the mutation.

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New Optogenetic Tool Moves Proteins Within Cells to Study Biological Changes

April 19, 2016 9:36 am | by UNC | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a way to embed light-responsive switches into proteins so that researchers can use lasers to manipulate protein movement and activity within living cells and animals.

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Bubble Technology Shoots Cancer Drugs Deep Into Tumors

April 19, 2016 9:26 am | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Scientists have invented a new way to deliver cancer drugs deep into tumor cells. They create micro-sized gas bubbles coated with cancer drug particles and iron oxide nanoparticles, and then use magnets to direct these bubbles to gather around a specific tumor.

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