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Chemists Create Mimic of Key Vision Protein

April 5, 2016 9:47 am | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

An artificial mimic of a key light-sensitive molecule has created by scientists. The work could lead to new ways of building light-sensitive artificial cells.

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Study Finds Biomarker of Poor Memory in Schizophrenia Patients

April 5, 2016 9:39 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

A new study has identified a pattern of brain activity that may be a sign of memory problems in people with schizophrenia. The biomarker, which the researchers believe may be the first of its kind, is an important step toward understanding and treating one of the most devastating symptoms of schizophrenia.

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Scientists Bemoan SeaWorld Decision to Stop Breeding Orcas

April 5, 2016 9:29 am | by Jennifer Kay and Mike Schneider, Associated Press | News | Comments

While SeaWorld's decision last month to end its orca breeding program delighted animal rights activists, it disappointed many marine scientists, who say they will gradually lose vital opportunities to learn things that could help killer whales in the wild.

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Cell Therapy May Mend Damaged Hearts

April 5, 2016 9:18 am | by University of Utah | News | Comments

End-stage heart failure patients treated with stem cells harvested from their own bone marrow experienced 37 percent fewer cardiac events - including deaths and hospital admissions related to heart failure - than a placebo-controlled group, reports a new study.

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Open Source Electronic Lab Notebook Specifically Designed for Life Sciences

April 4, 2016 10:12 am | by BioSistemika LLC | Product Releases | Comments

sciNote is an open source electronic lab notebook (ELN) specifically designed for life science students, researchers, laboratory managers and group leaders. It helps scientists to manage and organize their scientific data with little to no downtime to their everyday work habits.

'Reverse Photosynthesis' Produces Chemicals, Energy

April 4, 2016 10:06 am | by University of Copenhagen | News | Comments

Researchers  have discovered a natural process they describe as "reverse photosynthesis."  In the process, the energy in solar rays breaks down plant biomass, rather than building plant material, as is the case with photosynthesis.

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Parrot Species in US Cities May Rival that in Native Mexico

April 4, 2016 9:57 am | by Julie Watson, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. researchers are launching studies on Mexico's red-crowned parrot - a species that has been adapting so well to living in cities in California and Texas after escaping from the pet trade that the population may now rival that in its native country.

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A Programming Language for Living Cells

April 4, 2016 9:50 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Biological engineers have created a programming language that allows them to rapidly design complex, DNA-encoded circuits that give new functions to living cells. Using this language, anyone can write a program for the function they want, such as detecting and responding to certain environmental conditions. They can then generate a DNA sequence that will achieve it.

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Chronic Lyme Not Helped by Long-term Antibiotics

April 4, 2016 9:48 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Long-term treatment with antibiotics does not improve the symptoms of chronic Lyme Disease, according to a new study by a Dutch team.

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Taking on the Data Deluge to Improve R&D Productivity

April 4, 2016 9:48 am | by Jaqui Hodgkinson, VP Product Development, Elsevier R&D Solutions | Articles | Comments

Data is at the crux of today’s biological research and the potential of big data in scientific research is huge. To ensure successful and productive research and development, pharmaceutical and life science companies must invest more in solutions that support the early preclinical phases of the drug discovery process to help researchers better understand the biology of diseases.

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Advanced Sequencing Allows Fuller Picture of Primate Genomes

April 4, 2016 8:52 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

New advances in sequencing technology and assembly has allowed researchers to get the clearest and most detailed picture yet of the Western Iowland gorilla’s genome. The findings could have implications in understanding evolution and human diseases.

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Digital PCR System Enables Accurate Diagnostic Detection

April 1, 2016 10:23 am | by Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Medical practitioners in Europe can use Bio-Rad’s CE-IVD marked QX200 Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR) System, IVD for highly-accurate diagnostic detection and quantification of nucleic acids, aiding clinical decision-making in the treatment of diseases ranging from cancer to transplant rejection and viral infection.

Study Discovers Link Between Celiac Disease Risk and a Noncoding RNA

April 1, 2016 10:16 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a segment of RNA that, when suppressed, may contribute to the intestinal inflammation that occurs in people with celiac disease. The findings point to a possible new risk factor for celiac disease.

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Microneedle Patch Delivers Localized Immunotherapy to Melanoma

April 1, 2016 10:11 am | by UNC | News | Comments

Biomedical engineers have developed a technique that uses a patch embedded with microneedles to deliver cancer immunotherapy treatment directly to the site of melanoma skin cancer. In animal studies, the innovative technique more effectively targeted melanoma than did other immunotherapy treatments.

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Zika Virus Structure Revealed

April 1, 2016 10:06 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

A team of researchers is the first to determine the structure of the Zika virus, which reveals insights critical to the development of effective antiviral treatments and vaccines.

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