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Epidural Stimulation Shows Promise for Spinal Cord Injuries

March 23, 2015 3:49 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Bioscience Technology caught up with Susan Harkema Ph.D., professor and rehabilitation research director of the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, to discuss her research and new funding awarded by Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation for epidural stimulation.

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Automated PCR Set-up

March 23, 2015 10:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tecan offers the TouchTools PCR Wizard, an add-on to Freedom EVOware offering automation of PCR reaction set-up on Freedom EVO platforms. This new tool simplifies the set-up of applications—including end-point, real-time and multiplex PCR, sequencing, genotyping and gene expression, as well as pathogen and mutagenesis detection.

Brain Fitness For a Long and Healthy Life

March 23, 2015 10:03 am | by Dan Gordon, UCLA | News | Comments

The strategies for living a long and healthy life are well known and relatively simple, if not always easily executed: Maintain an appropriate weight. Eat the right foods. Exercise. Limit stress. Somewhat less has been known, or said, about ways to keep the mind fit for the duration. But that’s changing.

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Having a Purpose in Life May Improve Health of Aging Brain

March 23, 2015 9:55 am | by American Heart Association | News | Comments

Having a strong sense that your life has meaning and direction may make you less likely to develop areas of brain damage caused by blockages in blood flow as you age.

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Google Teams With MIT, Harvard for Genetics Research Project

March 23, 2015 9:48 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The project will focus on finding cures for aging-related diseases like cataracts and atherosclerosis.

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Liberians Overcome Fear to Volunteer For Ebola Vaccine Trial

March 23, 2015 9:47 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberians are overcoming their fears of Ebola to volunteer for a vaccine trial.

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US Anti-drugs Work in Colombia Uses Cancer-linked Herbicide

March 23, 2015 9:40 am | by Joshua Goodman, Associated Press | News | Comments

New labeling on the world's most popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that underpins U.S.-financed efforts to wipe out cocaine crops.

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Scientists Call for Freeze on Genome-Editing Method

March 20, 2015 4:18 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Designer babies? It’s far from a whimsy, and now a new technology that would make it possible to alter human DNA at the germline (meaning changing traits that can be inherited) has scientists calling for caution and a freeze. 

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Brain Injuries - Not Worth the Risk for One NFL Player

March 20, 2015 3:03 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It’s not all in your head. Brain injuries from sports are a steady unease for athletes.

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High Efficiency mRNA Delivery

March 20, 2015 10:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

AMSBIO announces the launch of mRNA-In™ and mRNA-In™ Neuro – a new range of high efficiency, targeted transfection reagents. Offering high transfection efficiency and expression levels across a broad range of cell types, including stem cells and primary cells, mRNA-In™ is a robust and easy-to-use mRNA delivery solution proven in applications including protein expression and iPSC-reprogrammin...

New Line of Rodent Catheters

March 20, 2015 10:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Harvard Apparatus has introduced a new line of rodent catheters. Designed with rounded tips, suture collars and additional features specific for the given species and vessel, this complete line of catheters has something to suit all rodent infusion applications. Mouse and rat options are available for jugular vein, femoral artery/vein, carotid artery, and tail vein. Additional optio...

Novel Organoid Matrix Enables Long-Term Culture of Human Hepatocytes

March 20, 2015 10:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

AMSBIO reports on the recent publication in Cell by Dr Meritxell Huch, Prof Hans Clevers et al. of ground-breaking research using Cultrex BME2 reduced growth factor (organoid growth matrix) to enable long-term (>1 year) culture of genome-stable bipotent stem cells from adult human liver. These results open up new experimental avenues towards the use of human liver material expanded in vitro...

New Hope for Beating Deadly Hereditary Stomach and Breast Cancers

March 20, 2015 10:07 am | by University of Otago | News | Comments

Deadly familial stomach and lobular breast cancers could be successfully treated at their earliest stages, or even prevented, by existing drugs that have been newly identified by University of Otago cancer genetics researchers.

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Team Finds Key to Making Neurons From Stem Cells

March 20, 2015 9:55 am | by Steve Tokar, UC San Francisco | News | Comments

A research team at UC San Francisco has discovered an RNA molecule called Pnky that can be manipulated to increase the production of neurons from neural stem cells.

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Altering Brain Chemistry Makes us More Sensitive to Inequality

March 20, 2015 9:42 am | by Thomas Levy, UC Berkeley | News | Comments

A new study by UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco researchers finds that giving a drug that changes the neurochemical balance in the prefrontal cortex of the brain causes a greater willingness to engage in prosocial behaviors, such as ensuring that resources are divided more equally.

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