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Captive Chimps Now an Endangered Species, Affecting Science and Showbiz

June 15, 2015 10:13 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Wild chimpanzees have been considered an endangered species since 1990, but their captive counterparts never had the same legal protections. That will change with a new rule announced today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which animal rights groups say could bring huge changes to chimps used in performing and in scientific experiments.

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Eyeing Top Performance? Look to the Pupil

June 15, 2015 9:59 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

If you want to know who is ready to perform at the highest level, look them in the eyes — or more specifically, look at the diameter of their pupils, researchers report.

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Bioscience Bulletin: Birth Month and Your Health; Spider-silk Fabric; A Protein with Many Shapes

June 12, 2015 4:32 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Welcome to Bioscience Technology’s new series Bioscience Bulletin, where we bring you the five most popular headlines from the week.

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System Enables High-res Imaging, Spectroscopy

June 12, 2015 11:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

WITec’s fully automated, easy-to-use Raman imaging system, apyron, features enhanced spectral resolution in 3-D confocal Raman imaging, and extremely sensitive laser power determination with a mouse click. The automated Raman microscope system includes laser wavelength selection with subsequent adjustment of all associated spectrometer and microscope components to ensure optimized system performance.

Method Reveals What Bacteria Sense in Their Surroundings

June 12, 2015 11:11 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Knowing how environmental signals modulate bacterial behavior could help combat biofouling and antibiotic resistance.

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Scientists Reveal Underpinnings of Drought Tolerance in Plants

June 12, 2015 11:04 am | by American Society of Plant Biologists | News | Comments

Scientists used a genome-wide approach to studying drought tolerance in plants and identified regulatory pathway that can be used to increase drought tolerance.

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New Type of Drug Can Target All Disease-causing Proteins

June 12, 2015 10:51 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

Current drugs block the actions of only about a quarter of known disease-causing proteins, but researchers have developed a technology capable of not just inhibiting, but destroying every protein it targets.

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Fragile X Proteins Involved in Proper Neuron Development

June 12, 2015 10:42 am | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited intellectual disability and the greatest single genetic contributor to autism. Unlocking the mechanisms behind fragile X could make important revelations about the brain.

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Study Shows ADHD Drug May Improve Cognitive Difficulties for Menopausal Women

June 12, 2015 10:31 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

According to a new study, women experiencing difficulty with time management, attention, organization, memory, and problem solving – often referred to as executive functions – related to menopause may find improvement with a drug already being used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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2 S. Korean Hospitals Shut Over MERS Fears; 11th Person Dies

June 12, 2015 10:24 am | by Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung | News | Comments

Authorities in South Korea temporarily closed two hospitals amid persistent fears over the MERS virus outbreak, which killed an 11th person Friday, though health officials said they are seeing fewer new infections.

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Mini-breast Grown in Petri Dishes - a New Tool for Cancer Research

June 12, 2015 10:12 am | by Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health | News | Comments

A research group developed an assay whereby cultured human breast epithelial cells rebuild the three-dimensional tissue architecture of the mammary gland.

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Optical Imaging System for Small and Large Animal Imaging

June 11, 2015 11:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Solaris quantitative optical molecular imaging system from PerkinElmer Inc. is a preclinical solution for use in small and large animal studies.

Brain-eating Cannibals’ Genes Could Point to Disease Cures

June 11, 2015 11:39 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Brain-eating cannibals from Papua New Guinea who survived a scourge of brain-eating disease decades ago are now providing some genetic clues about beating as-yet-incurable afflictions, according to a new study.

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A Protein Provides Emergency Aid

June 11, 2015 11:28 am | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

Scientists have characterized a small heat shock protein responsible for embryonic development in the Caenorhabditis elegans nematode. Presumably, a similar protein exists also in humans.

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Are Offspring of Obese Moms Pre-programmed for Obesity, Metabolic Disease?

June 11, 2015 11:08 am | by American Diabetes Association | News | Comments

Umbilical cord stem cells offer clues to mechanism by which obesity and diabetes are passed to next generation.

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