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Discovery May Lead To Better Egg Screening And IVF Outcomes

February 9, 2016 10:41 am | by UCSF | News | Comments

Experts in in-vitro fertilization (IVF) have discovered a pattern of protein secretion during egg maturation that they say has the possibility of leading to a new, non-invasive test to evaluate the fitness of eggs before they are fertilized in the clinic.

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Study Examines Evolution of Cancer

February 9, 2016 10:29 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

A novel study answers age-old questions about how cancers spread by applying tools from evolutionary biology. The new insights will help scientists better understand the genetic origins of tumor metastases, and lead to more effective targets for treatment, said the researchers.

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Sighing is Vital to Lung Function

February 9, 2016 10:23 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

Contrary to the words immortalized by the piano singer in “Casablanca,” a sigh is far more than a sigh. Heaving an unconscious sigh is a life-sustaining reflex that helps preserve lung function.

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Roach-like Robots May Help in Disasters

February 9, 2016 10:17 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

When buildings collapse in future disasters, the hero helping rescue trapped people may be a robotic cockroach.

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Sleeping Difficulty Associated with Type 2 Diabetes

February 9, 2016 9:20 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A new study strengthens evidence that sleep problems put women at higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

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New Autoclavable Organ Chamber

February 8, 2016 10:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The HSE autoclavable organ chamber allows for longer term studies that have previously been challenging due to sterility issues. The chamber itself, cover, connecting parts, heat exchanger and optional oxygenator are all autoclavable.

New Drug Target for Rett Syndrome

February 8, 2016 10:13 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a faulty signaling pathway that, when corrected in mice, ameliorates the symptoms of Rett syndrome, a devastating neurological condition. The findings could lead to the discovery of compounds or drugs that may benefit children affected by the disease.

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Uncovering the Secrets of Elastin’s Flexibility

February 8, 2016 10:08 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Elastin is a crucial building block in our bodies. Its flexibility allows skin to stretch and twist, blood vessels to expand and relax with every heartbeat, and lungs to swell and contract with each breath. But exactly how this protein-based tissue assembles itself to achieve this flexibility remained an unsolved question — until now.

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Discovery: Many White-tailed Deer Have Malaria

February 8, 2016 9:53 am | by University of Vermont | News | Comments

Two years ago, Ellen Martinsen, was collecting mosquitoes at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, looking for malaria that might infect birds--when she discovered something strange: a DNA profile, from parasites in the mosquitoes, that she couldn't identify.

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Obama Asking Congress for Emergency Funding to Combat Zika

February 8, 2016 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Zika virus. In an announcement Monday, the White House said the money would be used to expand mosquito control programs, speed development of a vaccine, develop diagnostic tests and improve support for low-income pregnant women.

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Race Should be Removed from Genetics Research, Paper Contends

February 8, 2016 9:40 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Race should no longer be used as a distinguishing factor in human biology and genetics research, contends a new paper in Science.

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First MERS Autopsy Reveals Critical Information

February 8, 2016 9:10 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Ebola and now Zika are two viruses that have monopolized headlines for two years. But the Middle East respiratory syndrome is a potentially deadly contagion also on the radar of health officials worldwide. Some 1,500 people have been infected, and more than 500 have been killed.

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Thermo Fisher Unveils New High-Pressure Ion Chromatography System

February 5, 2016 10:54 am | Thermo Fisher Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

Now scientists in environmental, food safety, pharmaceutical and industrial/petrochemical laboratories can rely on a new flexible and configurable high-pressure ion chromatography system designed to deliver enhanced performance, productivity and efficiency.

Florida Readies for a Fight with Zika Virus

February 5, 2016 10:51 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Florida's history of fighting off mosquito-borne outbreaks puts the state in perhaps better position than most when it comes to the Zika virus.

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