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Danish DNA Could be Key to Happiness

July 18, 2014 1:49 pm | News | Comments

Economists at the University’s Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) have looked at why certain countries top the world happiness rankings. In particular they have found the closer a nation is to the genetic makeup of Denmark, the happier that country is. The research could help to solve the puzzle of why a country like Denmark so regularly tops the world happiness rankings.

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Scientists Identify Gene that Plays a Surprising Role in Combating Aging

July 18, 2014 1:44 pm | News | Comments

It is something of an eternal question: Can we slow or even reverse the aging process? Even though genetic manipulations can, in fact, alter some cellular dynamics, little is known about the mechanisms of the aging process in living organisms. Now scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have found in animal models that a single gene plays a surprising role in aging that can be detected early on in development.

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'Support Cells' in Brain Play Important Role in Down Syndrome

July 18, 2014 1:36 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a group of cells in the brain that they say plays an important role in the abnormal neuron development in Down syndrome. After developing a new model for studying the syndrome using patient-derived stem cells, the scientists also found that applying an inexpensive antibiotic to the cells appears to correct many abnormalities in the interaction between the cells and developing neurons.

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Gene Variation May Modify Cardiovascular Benefit of Aspirin

July 18, 2014 1:01 pm | News | Comments

A daily low-dose aspirin is widely prescribed for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Now, a new study suggests that common genetic variation may modify the cardiovascular benefit of aspirin.                

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Researchers Uncover New Cancer Cell Vulnerability

July 18, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have uncovered a genetic vulnerability of cancer cells that express telomerase— an enzyme that drives their unchecked growth— and showed that telomerase-expressing cells depend upon a gene named p21 for their survival.      

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AbbVie, Shire agree on $55B combination

July 18, 2014 7:21 am | by Tom Murphy - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The drugmaker AbbVie has reached a roughly $55 billion deal to combine with British counterpart Shire and become the latest U.S. company to seek an overseas haven from corporate income tax rates back home. The companies said Friday that Shire shareholders will receive cash and stock valued at...

Marijuana edibles burgeoning into an industry

July 18, 2014 1:20 am | by Lisa Rathke - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Move over, pot brownies. The proliferation of marijuana edibles for both medical and recreational purposes is giving rise to a cottage industry. Cookbooks, classes and vendors are spreading information on ways to make candies, infused olive oils and more. Many pot users turn to edibles because...

FedEx charged with assisting illegal pharmacies

July 17, 2014 8:20 pm | by Paul Elias - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities on Thursday charged FedEx with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering painkillers and other dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions. The indictment was filed in federal court in San Francisco, and the Department of Justice announced the charges in...

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Puerto Rico declares chikungunya epidemic

July 17, 2014 7:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Health officials in Puerto Rico on Thursday declared an epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya, which was introduced into the Caribbean region late last year. Health Secretary Ana Rius said that more than 200 cases had been confirmed on the island...

Chemical Structures Tools Added to LIMS and ELN

July 17, 2014 1:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

AgileBio released a new substructure search engine for its LabCollector Chemical Structures module. Searching molecules can now be easily made using simple SMILES queries or even graphically designed. Queries can also be made by importing MOL representations.

Sample Preparation Tool for LC-MS

July 17, 2014 1:37 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Tecan’s AC Extraction Plate is an automation-friendly solution designed to streamline sample preparation for LC-MS analysis of small molecules. The plate, which is based on proprietary TICE (Tecan Immobilized Coating Extraction) technology, reduces the sample preparation process to a convenient ‘pipette and shake’ routine.

ISSCR: Promising Stem Cell Clinical Trials

July 17, 2014 1:22 pm | by Bioscience Technology Staff | Articles | Comments

Many promising clinical trials were highlighted at the annual meeting of the International Society of Stem Cell Research (ISSCR). One set of trials highlighted were monogenic gene therapy trials and cancer immunotherapy trials. Also discussed were trials for Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and potential future trials involving cochlear stem cells.

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Squid Skin Protein Could Improve Biomedical Technologies

July 17, 2014 12:01 pm | News | Comments

The common pencil squid (Loliginidae) may hold the key to a new generation of medical technologies that could communicate more directly with the human body. UC Irvine materials science researchers have discovered that reflectin, a protein in the tentacled creature’s skin, can conduct positive electrical charges, or protons, making it a promising material for building biologically inspired devices.

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Gene linked to Fatal Inflammatory Disease in Children Identified

July 17, 2014 11:46 am | News | Comments

Investigators have identified a gene that underlies a very rare but devastating autoinflammatory condition in children. Several existing drugs have shown therapeutic potential in laboratory studies, and one is currently being studied in children with the disease, which the researchers named STING-associated vasculopathy with onset in infancy (SAVI).

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Cell Membrane Proteins Give Up Their Secrets

July 17, 2014 11:21 am | Videos | Comments

Rice University scientists have succeeded in analyzing transmembrane protein folding in the same way they study the proteins’ free-floating, globular cousins. Rice theoretical biologist Peter Wolynes and his team at the university’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP) have applied his energy landscape theory to proteins that are hard to view because they live and work primarily inside cell membranes.

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