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Sensing Neuronal Activity With Light

September 19, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

For years, neuroscientists have been trying to develop tools that would allow them to clearly view the brain's circuitry in action— from the first moment a neuron fires to the resulting behavior in a whole organism.          

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New Method Developed to Detect Ebola

September 19, 2014 8:30 am | Videos | Comments

A group of international scientists have developed a new method to study Ebola virus in wildlife. The research describes the use of fecal samples from wild great apes to identify populations likely to have been exposed to the virus.     

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Stem Cells Use 'First Aid Kits' to Repair Damage

September 19, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Neural stem cells– master cells that can develop into any type of nerve cell– are able to generate mini “first aid kits” and transfer them to immune cells, according to a new study.                    

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New Discovery About 3-D Shape Processing in the Brain

September 19, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

While previous studies of the brain suggest that processing of objects and place occur in very different locations, a research team has found that they are closely related.                       

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Finding Supports Model on Cause of DNA's Right-handed Double Helix

September 19, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

The DNA of every organism on Earth is a right-handed double helix, but why that would be has puzzled scientists since not long after Francis Crick and James Watson announced the discovery of DNA's double-helical structure in 1953.      

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Protein May Lower Blood Pressure

September 19, 2014 8:30 am | by Benjamin Plackett, Contributor, Inside Science News | News | Comments

A new study has shown that people who eat more protein- whether from plant or animal sources- tend to have a lower risk of hypertension, also known as high blood pressure.                       

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BST This Week #17: Film Detects Consciousness in Vegetative State

September 19, 2014 8:30 am | Videos | Comments

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski focuses on a new study that used a short movie to detect consciousness in vegetative state patients. Our second story explores how the amazing variety in human faces is the result of evolutionary pressure.

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White House Orders Plan for Antibiotic Resistance

September 19, 2014 8:30 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Signaling the seriousness of the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant germs, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the government to create a national plan to fight them by early 2015.                  

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NGS Workstation Provides Ready-to-run Protocols

September 18, 2014 10:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Freedom EVO NGS workstation from Tecan simplifies next-generation sequencing (NGS) sample preparation and PCR set-up. 

FDA approves Eli Lilly's injectable diabetes drug

September 18, 2014 5:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new injectable diabetes drug from Eli Lilly and Co. for adults with the most common form of the disease. The agency on Thursday cleared the drug, Trulicity, as a weekly injection to improve blood sugar control in patients with type 2 diabetes, which...

DNA Polymerase Offers Specificity, Stability for PCR

September 18, 2014 4:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The FlashTaq Hot-Start Taq DNA Polymerase from Empirical Bioscience is a chemically-modified Taq polymerase designed to reduce non-specific amplification in PCR.

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Rapid, Simple SPE Methods Development

September 18, 2014 3:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Development Microlute from Porvair Sciences is a Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) microplate which provides a wide assortment of phase chemistries and sorbent loadings in a single plate making it ideally suited for method development.

Immune Link to Stress Could Help Treat Depression

September 18, 2014 3:04 pm | News | Comments

Researchers say a new focus on the links between the immune system and stress is needed to help pave the way for improved treatments of severe depression. The paper argues that current treatments for major depressive disorder lack effectiveness.

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Autism Caused by Spontaneous Mutations in Key Brain Gene

September 18, 2014 3:00 pm | News | Comments

Spontaneous mutations in the brain gene TBR1 disrupt the function of the encoded protein in children with severe autism. In addition, there is a direct link between TBR1 and FOXP2, a well-known language-related protein, according to a new study.  

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Neural Basis of Confidence Uncovered in Mice

September 18, 2014 2:44 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have found that confidence is actually a measureable quantity, and not reserved just for humans. The team has identified a brain region in rats whose function is required for the animals to express confidence in their decisions.   

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