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Immune Cell ‘Defenders’ Could Beat Invading Bacteria

April 3, 2014 11:51 am | News | Comments

An international team of scientists has identified the precise biochemical key that wakes up the body’s immune cells and sends them into action against invading bacteria and fungi. The patented work provides the starting point to understanding our first line of defense, and what happens when it goes wrong. It will lead to new ways of diagnosing and treating inflammatory bowel disease, peptic ulcers and even TB.

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FDA approves easy-to-use heroin overdose antidote

April 3, 2014 11:20 am | by Lauran Neergaard - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is taking a step to let friends or loved ones treat someone they suspect has overdosed on heroin or powerful painkillers called opioids, while they're waiting on medical care. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved an overdose antidote that doctors could prescribe...

UV Viewing Cabinet for Gel Analysis

April 2, 2014 3:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Spectroline CL-150 Series UV workstations enable lab technicians to view, analyze and photograph fluorescent samples with both epi-illumination and trans-illumination light sources. A removable bottom panel allows either unit to be placed directly over the transilluminator. The 25-watt white light bulb in the cabinet provides visible illumination for easy sample preparation.

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Energy Efficient Freezers with Heated Bypass Coil

April 2, 2014 2:45 pm | Nuaire, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

NuAire’s Glacier -86 C Ultralow Temperature Freezers’ energy efficient cascade cooling system monitors temperature and pressures throughout high and low stage circuits. The inner chamber is surrounded by foam-in-place polyurethane insulation.

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Likely Culprit in Spread of Colon Cancer Identified

April 2, 2014 2:39 pm | News | Comments

New research has implicated a poorly understood protein called PLAC8 in the spread of colon cancer. While elevated PLAC8 levels were known to be associated with colon cancer, the researchers now have shown that the protein plays an active role in shifting normal cells lining the colon into a state that encourages metastasis.

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Protein in Nerves Determines Which Brain Connections Stay, Which Go

April 2, 2014 2:31 pm | News | Comments

Researchers recently found a protein that is essential for the brain to remove those excess connections. The team specifically showed a role for the protein in the developing visual system in mice, but their findings appear to apply broadly across the developing brain.

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Study Finds Link Between Child's Obesity and Cognitive Function

April 2, 2014 2:21 pm | News | Comments

A new University of Illinois study finds that obese children are slower than healthy-weight children to recognize when they have made an error and correct it. The research is the first to show that weight status not only affects how quickly children react to stimuli but also impacts the level of activity that occurs in the cerebral cortex during action monitoring.

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First Peanut Genome Sequenced

April 2, 2014 2:17 pm | News | Comments

The International Peanut Genome Initiative—a group of multinational crop geneticists who have been working in tandem for the last several years—has successfully sequenced the peanut's genome. The new peanut genome sequence will be available to researchers and plant breeders across the globe to aid in the breeding of more productive and more resilient peanut varieties.

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Key Chocolate Ingredients Could Help Prevent Obesity, Diabetes

April 2, 2014 1:55 pm | News | Comments

Improved thinking. Decreased appetite. Lowered blood pressure. The potential health benefits of dark chocolate keep piling up, and scientists are now homing in on what ingredients in chocolate might help prevent obesity, as well as type-2 diabetes. They found that one particular type of antioxidant in cocoa prevented laboratory mice from gaining excess weight and lowered their blood sugar levels.

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Noisy Brain Signals: How the Schizophrenic Brain Misinterprets the World

April 2, 2014 1:34 pm | News | Comments

People with schizophrenia often misinterpret what they see and experience in the world. New research provides insight into the brain mechanisms that might be responsible for this misinterpretation. The study reveals that certain errors in visual perception in people with schizophrenia are consistent with interference or ‘noise’ in a brain signal known as a corollary discharge.

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Scientist Said He May Have Made STAP Cells—Just As Riken Called Fraud

April 2, 2014 1:23 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

Riken Institute brass want co-authors of the “acid bath” stem cell papers to retract one, after appeal, citing deliberate misconduct. But two developments may complicate this. First, lead author Haruko Obokata refuses to accept it. And Kenneth Lee has become the first scientist outside the co-authors to publicly claim that, following the latest protocol for acid bath cells, he may have made them.

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FDA OKs 1st Hay Fever Allergy Immunotherapy Tablet

April 2, 2014 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first tablet for gradually reducing hay fever allergy symptoms, an alternative to uncomfortable allergy-desensitizing shots. Oralair, a tablet that dissolves quickly under the tongue, is approved for patients aged 10 through 65. It's to be...

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The Human 'Hairless' Gene Identified: One Form of Baldness Explained

April 1, 2014 2:36 pm | News | Comments

It's not a hair-brained idea: A new research report explains why people with a rare balding condition called "atrichia with papular lesions" lose their hair, and it identifies a strategy for reversing this hair loss. Specifically the report shows for the first time that the "human hairless gene" imparts an essential role in hair biology by regulating a subset of other hair genes. 

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Using Light-Heated Water to Deliver Drugs

April 1, 2014 2:25 pm | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, in collaboration with materials scientists, engineers and neurobiologists, have discovered a new mechanism for using light to activate drug-delivering nanoparticles and other targeted therapeutic substances inside the body.

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Centrifuge Features Mobile Control

April 1, 2014 2:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Avanti JXN-26 centrifuges from Beckman Coulter Life Sciences offer laboratories an intuitive interface and advanced data management features that expand functionality and flexibility to free user time in research and bioproduction. The instruments can be run from an Apple iOS or Android device using MobileFuge, a mobile application available to run and manage laboratory centrifuges.

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