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Mixed Genes Mix Up the Migrations of Hybrid Birds

July 22, 2014 1:23 pm | News | Comments

Mixed genes appear to drive hybrid birds to select more difficult routes than their parent species, according to new research from University of British Columbia zoologists. the researchers harnessed a flock of B.C. Swainson’s thrushes with tiny geolocating backpacks to map their routes as they migrated south through the U.S. to Central and South America.

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Breaking News: Lack of Vitamin D Ups Schizophrenia Risk

July 22, 2014 1:17 pm | News | Comments

Vitamin D-deficient individuals are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as people who have sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to a new study.                        

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HIV pills show more promise to prevent infection

July 22, 2014 3:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

There is more good news about HIV treatment pills used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus: Follow-up from a landmark study that proved the drug works now shows that it does not encourage risky sex and is effective even if people skip some doses. The research was...

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Judge: FDA can't use tobacco panel menthol report

July 21, 2014 8:19 pm | by Michael Felberbaum - AP Tobacco Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration can't use an advisory panel's 2011 report on menthol cigarettes because its members had conflicts of interest, a federal judge ruled Monday. While the agency has since conducted an independent review on the public health impact of menthol cigarettes, the ruling...

Correction: Marijuana Research-Professor Fired

July 21, 2014 6:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a story July 18 about a marijuana researcher who was fired from the University of Arizona, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the university is looking for a new researcher who can raise more money. The study is already funded. A corrected version of the story is below: Professor...

Health dept.: West Virginia clinic reused needles

July 21, 2014 5:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials on Monday advised patients of a West Virginia pain management clinic to be tested for blood-borne infectious diseases after an investigation found potentially that needles had been reused. The investigation by West Virginia health officials found that, prior to November 2013,...

Adaptable, Semi-automatic Microplate Sealer

July 21, 2014 2:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The MiniSeal II semi-automatic microplate sealer from Porvair Sciences comes complete with adapters enabling it to process deep well, shallow well, low profile deep well, filter and assay plates that conform to the ANSI / SLAS standard format.

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Long-Awaited, Global Trial of Fetal Cells for Parkinson’s

July 21, 2014 2:45 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

In two months, the first of many new Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients will receive a fetal cell transplant. The transplant will mark the end of a voluntary moratorium by many Western nations after complications arose a decade ago. This, combined with news that embryonic stem (ES) cell PD therapies may also near prime-time, made Parkinson’s a big topic at the recent International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) meeting.

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Metabolic Enzyme Stops Progression of Kidney Cancer

July 21, 2014 1:52 pm | News | Comments

In an analysis of metabolites used by the body to make fuel in normal and cancerous cells in human kidney tissue, a research team identified an enzyme that is key to applying the brakes on tumor growth.              

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New Technique Maps Life's Effects on Our DNA

July 21, 2014 1:39 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a powerful new single-cell technique to help investigate how the environment affects our development and the traits we inherit from our parents. The technique can be used to map all of the 'epigenetic marks' on the DNA within a single cell.

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Missing Sleep May Hurt Your Memory

July 21, 2014 1:32 pm | News | Comments

Lack of sleep, already considered a public health epidemic, can also lead to errors in memory, finds a new study by researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine. The study found participants deprived of a night’s sleep were more likely to flub the details of a simulated burglary they were shown in a series of images.

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New Trigger for Ovulation Could Make IVF Safer

July 21, 2014 12:34 pm | Videos | Comments

Researchers have successfully used a new and potentially safer method to stimulate ovulation in women undergoing IVF treatment. Twelve babies have been born after their mothers were given an injection of the natural hormone kisspeptin to make their eggs mature.

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Common Gene Variants Account for Most Genetic Risk for Autism

July 21, 2014 11:26 am | News | Comments

Most of the genetic risk for autism comes from versions of genes that are common in the population rather than from rare variants or spontaneous glitches, researchers have found. Heritability also outweighed other risk factors in this largest study of its kind to date.

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New Findings Show Early Seeding of HIV Viral Reservoir

July 21, 2014 11:13 am | News | Comments

A research team has demonstrated that the viral reservoir of HIV-1 infection is established strikingly early after intrarectal simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) infection of rhesus monkeys and before detectable viremia.         

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Valeant takes Allergan complaints to regulators

July 21, 2014 8:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. is complaining to regulators that Botox maker and acquisition target Allergan has been making false statements about its business. The Canadian drugmaker Valeant is trying to acquire California-based Allergan, which has rebuffed several takeover bids and...

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