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CDC: Strong Signs Brazil Birth Defects are Tied to Mosquito

January 14, 2016 10:04 am | by Adriana Gomez Licon and Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers have found the strongest evidence so far of a possible link between a mosquito-borne virus and a surge of birth defects in Brazil, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

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Food Preservative Nisin Fights Tumors, Superbugs

January 14, 2016 9:19 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A potential treatment to fight cancer and superbugs may be right under our noses – or in our cereal.  A new mouse study from the University of Michigan found that a naturally occurring food preservative that grows on dairy products – nisin – reduces tumors.  It has also been found to work against antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MRSA, in vitro.

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Exosomes for Regenerative Medicine Research

January 13, 2016 11:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

AMSBIO has launched a new range of human exosomes to the regenerative medicine tools and technologies market. Derived from placental and adipose derived stem cells, to ensure consistent high quality, these new products are ideally suited for research involving wound healing, stem cell differentiation and tissue regeneration.

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Cocaine Addiction: Scientists Discover ‘Back Door’ Into the Brain

January 13, 2016 11:37 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Individuals addicted to cocaine may have difficulty in controlling their addiction because of a previously-unknown ‘back door’ into the brain, circumventing their self-control, suggests a new study.

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Researchers Further Illuminate Pathway for Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis

January 13, 2016 11:31 am | by UNC | News | Comments

It is well established that people with cystic fibrosis (CF) have two faulty copies of the CFTR gene, but debate continues on the question of whether certain symptoms of the airway disease are caused by the mutation or if the genetic defect precedes, but does not directly lead to some of the worst symptoms patients face.

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Atherosclerosis is Alzheimer’s Disease of Blood Vessels, Study Suggests

January 13, 2016 11:23 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

In atherosclerosis, plaque builds up on the inner walls of arteries that deliver blood to the body. Studying mice and tissue samples from the arteries of patients, researchers suggest this accumulation is driven, at least in part, by processes similar to the plaque formation implicated in brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

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Researchers Make Progress Toward Healing Scarred Hearts

January 13, 2016 11:09 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

Scientists have uncovered two specific markers that identify a stem cell able to generate heart muscle and the vessels that support heart function. This discovery may eventually aid in identifying ways to use stem cells to regenerate damaged heart tissue after a heart attack.

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Stir No More: Scientists Show that Draining Speeds Up Bioassays

January 13, 2016 10:00 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Scientists have proposed a way to speed up this waiting game. Their solution, reminiscent of the magic behind washing machines, could reduce wait times to a fraction of what they once were. As they report Jan. 8 in the journal Small, biological assays that once took hours could instead take minutes.

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Senate Panel Approves Dr. Robert Califf as FDA Commissioner

January 13, 2016 9:42 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's choice for commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration won easy approval from a Senate panel Tuesday, but two senators - a Republican and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders - threatened to block the nominee.

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Implanted Coils Help Some Lung Disease Patients, Study Says

January 13, 2016 9:35 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A novel, minimally invasive way to treat severe breathing problems caused by lung disease showed modest but promising benefits in a small French study.

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Shaking Water Bath

January 12, 2016 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Now available is the SB-12L Shaking Water Bath manufactured by Benchmark Scientific. Temperatures up to 80C are accurately controlled, and an orbital shaking motion gently rocks tubes and flasks. These baths are useful in labs for metabolism experiments, bacterial culturing and solubility studies.

Task Force: Mammograms an Option at 40, Do More Good at 50

January 12, 2016 10:49 am | by Lauren Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Mammograms do the most good later in life, a government task force has declared in recommending that women get one every other year starting at age 50. It said 40-somethings should make their own choice after weighing the pros and cons.

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First Trials of “Smart Pill” Identifies How Fiber Affects Gut

January 12, 2016 10:37 am | by RMIT University | News | Comments

Researchers have conducted the first ever trials of smart pills that can measure intestinal gases inside the body, with surprising results revealing some unexpected ways that fiber affects the gut.

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Linking Gene Expression and DNA Methylation in Single Cells

January 12, 2016 10:30 am | by European Bioinformatics Institute | News | Comments

A new method by researchers in the UK and Belgium makes it possible to study the epigenome and transcriptome of a single cell at the same time. The protocol helps scientists pinpoint the relationship between changes in DNA methylation and gene expression.

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Dog Domestication May Have Increased Harmful Genetic Changes

January 12, 2016 10:18 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

The domestication of dogs may have inadvertently caused harmful genetic changes, a new study suggests.

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