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No Cable Spaghetti in the Brain

November 23, 2015 10:04 am | by Max Planck Institute | News | Comments

The brain is not relying on random-wiring, but self-organized neural networks for visual information processing.


Born With No Voice & Low Odds, Boy Talks With New Voice Box

November 23, 2015 9:56 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Grant Hasse was born with two very rare conditions - one that's usually fatal, the other that should have left him unable to talk.


Biomedical Imaging at One-thousandth the Cost

November 23, 2015 9:50 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a biomedical imaging system that could ultimately replace a $100,000 piece of a lab equipment with components that cost just hundreds of dollars.


Largest Cancer Genome Datasets Now Available on the Cloud

November 23, 2015 8:57 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Two of the world’s largest cancer genome datasets are now available to researchers for free, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced last week.


Comprehensive Range of Lentivirus for Gene & shRNA Delivery

November 20, 2015 9:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

AMSBIO offers a comprehensive range of more than 54,000 lentivirus for shRNA delivery. To make selection of the optimum lentivirus quick and easy, AMSBIO has developed an online search tool where you need simply enter your target gene symbol or a key word.

What's For Dinner? Genetically Engineered Salmon OK'd by FDA

November 20, 2015 9:37 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

What's for dinner? Before long, it may well be genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal cleared for human consumption in the United States.


Sense of Taste is Hardwired in the Brain, Study Shows

November 20, 2015 9:33 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

Most people probably think that we perceive the five basic tastes—sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami (savory)—with our tongue, which then sends signals to our brain “telling” us what we’ve tasted. However, scientists have turned this idea on its head, demonstrating in mice the ability to change the way something tastes by manipulating groups of cells in the brain.


Sensory Illusion Causes Cells to Self-Destruct

November 20, 2015 9:27 am | by UCSF | News | Comments

Magic tricks work because they take advantage of the brain’s sensory assumptions, tricking audiences into seeing phantoms or overlooking sleights of hand. Now a team of  researchers has discovered that even brainless single-celled yeast have sensory biases that can be hacked by a carefully engineered illusion, a finding that could be used to develop new approaches to fighting diseases such as cancer.


Animal Study Shows How Exercise May Energize Brain Cell Function

November 20, 2015 9:20 am | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Researchers discovered that an enzyme called SIRT3 that is located in mitochondria — the cell's powerhouse — may protect mice brains against the kinds of stresses believed to contribute to energy loss.


Ingestible Sensor Monitors Vital Signs

November 20, 2015 9:11 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Doctors may one day be able to monitor patients’ vital signs by having them swallow an ingestible electronic device that measures heart rate and breathing rate from within the gastrointestinal tract.


NIH to Retire the Last of Government-owned Research Chimps

November 20, 2015 8:56 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health is sending its last remaining research chimpanzees into retirement - as soon as a federal sanctuary has room for them.


Color-changing Bandage Could Help Fight Antibiotic Resistance

November 20, 2015 8:38 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A new ‘smart’ wound dressing developed at the University of Bath in England could aid in the fight against antibiotic resistance by helping doctors to quickly determine if a burn patient’s wounds are infected, and prevent the unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics.


Contaminator Control Floor Mat

November 19, 2015 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

 Clean shoes and cart wheels quickly and easily using Terra Universal’s Sole Cleaner automatic contamination-control mat. Ideal for entrances into cleanrooms and labs, this sticky surface removes loose particles to help maintain cleanliness requirements.

Using Sight and Sound to Trigger Dementia Patients' Memories

November 19, 2015 10:00 am | by Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press | News | Comments

From the antique cast-iron stove in the kitchen to the ancient wood-paneled radio in the living room, the decor in The Easton Home comes straight out of the 1930s, '40s and '50s. Which is by design. The old-fashioned rooms are in the dementia wing of the elder-care facility and serve an important function. They're intended to make residents feel at home, help them retrieve memories and get them talking about their younger selves.



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