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Gene Test Finds Which Breast Cancer Patients Can Skip Chemo

September 28, 2015 9:02 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Many women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy without hurting their odds of beating the disease - good news from a major study that shows the value of a gene-activity test to gauge each patient's risk.


Automation Compatible 3D Cell Culture Scaffolds

September 25, 2015 10:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

AMSBIO has announced the launch of Mimetix 3D cell culture scaffolds that offer significant advantages for a range of applications including regenerative medicine, oncology research, drug discovery, and as a unique aligned scaffold for neural growth and investigation.


Study: Global Warming, Evolution are Clipping Bees' Tongues

September 25, 2015 9:56 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Global warming and evolution are reshaping the bodies of some American bumblebees, a new study finds.


How Flu Viruses Gain the Ability to Spread

September 25, 2015 9:50 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Flu viruses come in many strains, and some are better equipped than others to spread from person to person. Scientists have now discovered that the soft palate — the soft tissue at the back of the roof of the mouth — plays a key role in viruses’ ability to travel through the air from one person to another.


Hope Against Disease Targeting Children

September 25, 2015 9:33 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Researchers studying spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) have found what they term “surprising similarities” between this childhood disorder that attacks motor neurons and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.


Stem Cell Research Hints at Evolution of Human Brain

September 25, 2015 9:24 am | by UCSF | News | Comments

Researchers have succeeded in mapping the genetic signature of a unique group of stem cells in the human brain that seem to generate most of the neurons in our massive cerebral cortex.


Biologists Find Unexpected Role for Amyloid-forming Protein

September 25, 2015 9:13 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Biologists have discovered that yeast cells need to build amyloid-like structures during the production of reproductive cells called spores. Learning more about how yeast build and then break down these protein structures could help scientists develop drugs that destroy disease-causing amyloids, the researchers say.


New Drug Target Could Shed Light on Opioid Addiction

September 25, 2015 8:42 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Researchers from The Scripps Research Institute in Florida, may have zeroed in a protein that could be a new drug target for developing less-addictive pain medications. 


A Case for Not Sitting Still

September 25, 2015 8:41 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Always thought toe-tapping was a nuisance? New research from the University of Leeds says it may actually be good for your health.


Improved Membrane Chromatography Performance

September 24, 2015 10:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

To more effectively recover large molecular weight proteins, such as blood factors and conjugated proteins or viruses and virus-like particles, Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB) has reconfigured its Sartobind membrane chromatography capsules.

New Research Leaves Tumors with Nowhere to Hide

September 24, 2015 10:27 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Hidden tumors that cause potentially fatal high blood pressure but lurk undetected in the body until pregnancy have been discovered by a Cambridge medical team.


Drug Disarms Deadly C. Difficile Bacteria

September 24, 2015 10:17 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Scientists successfully defeated a dangerous intestinal pathogen, Clostridium difficile, with a drug targeting its toxins rather than its life.


Viruses Join Fight Against Harmful Bacteria

September 24, 2015 9:56 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In the hunt for new ways to kill harmful bacteria, scientists have turned to a natural predator: viruses that infect bacteria. By tweaking the genomes of these viruses, known as bacteriophages, researchers hope to customize them to target any type of pathogenic bacteria.


How the Brain Encodes Time and Place

September 24, 2015 9:43 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

When you remember a particular experience, that memory has three critical elements — what, when, and where. Neuroscientists have now identified a brain circuit that processes the “when” and “where” components of memory.



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