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Study Decodes Genetic Circuitry for Bacterial Spore Formation

May 24, 2016 11:27 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

A team of bioengineering researchers has decoded the mechanism that some bacteria use to make life-or-death decisions during extremely tough times.

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A Rallying Call for Microbiome Science National Data Management

May 24, 2016 11:24 am | by DOE/Joint Genome Institute | News | Comments

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute call for the formation of a National Microbiome Data Center to efficiently manage the datasets accumulated globally. By integrating and harnessing all available microbiome data and metadata, researchers could conduct larger-scale comparative analyses in order to address global challenges related to energy, environment, health and agriculture.

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Ivy's Powerful Grasp Could Lead to Better Medical Adhesives, Stronger Battle Armor

May 24, 2016 11:03 am | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

English ivy's natural glue might hold the key to new approaches to wound healing, stronger armor for the military and maybe even cosmetics with better staying power.

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A Guide to CRISPR Gene Activation

May 24, 2016 10:53 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

The team reports how it rigorously compared and ranked the most commonly used artificial Cas9 activators in different cell types from organisms including humans, mice and flies. The findings provide a valuable guide to researchers, allowing them to streamline their endeavors.

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Loss of Y Chromosome in Blood Cells is a Risk Factor for Alzheimer's Disease

May 24, 2016 10:46 am | by Uppsala University | News | Comments

Men with blood cells that do not carry the Y chromosome are at greater risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. This is in addition to an increased risk of death from other causes, including many cancers.

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Report: NFL Sought to Influence Study on Brain Injuries

May 24, 2016 9:24 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | News | Comments

National Football League officials improperly sought to influence a government study on the link between football and brain disease, according to a senior House Democrat in a report issued Monday.

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Greater Variability in Blood Pressure Associated with Cognitive Decline

May 24, 2016 9:06 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A study of Chinese older adults linked higher long-term fluctuations in blood pressure readings to increased declines in brain function and verbal memory.

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Shedding Light on the 'Dark Matter' of the Genome

May 23, 2016 9:54 am | by University of Toronto | News | Comments

What used to be dismissed by many as "junk DNA" is back with a vengeance as growing data points to the importance of non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) -- genome's messages that do not code for proteins -- in development and disease. But our progress in understanding these molecules has been slow because of the lack of technologies that allow the systematic mapping of their functions.

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East Coast's Saltmarsh Sparrow Disappearing, Scientists Say

May 23, 2016 9:47 am | by Patrick Whittle, Associated Press | News | Comments

The saltmarsh sparrow is disappearing from its home on the East Coast and could be headed for extinction in as little as 50 years, say scientists whose work could help protect the little birds.

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Reagents for Organoid Growth and Harvesting

May 23, 2016 9:37 am | by AMSBIO | Product Releases | Comments

AMSBIO has introduced two new products to assist scientists adopting organoid culture as a physiologically relevant model for organ development.

'Sunscreen' Gene May Help Protect Against Skin Cancer

May 23, 2016 9:33 am | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

A new study identified a "sunscreen" gene that may help stave off skin cancer. The researchers found that the "UV radiation Resistance Associated Gene" is a tumor suppressor for skin cancer, which is the most common form of cancer in the United States.

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Making Injectable Medicine Safer

May 23, 2016 9:22 am | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

Bring the drugs, hold the suds. That summarizes a promising new drug-making technique designed to reduce serious allergic reactions and other side effects from anti-cancer medicine, testosterone and other drugs that are administered with a needle.

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France to Tighten Up Drug Trial Rules After Fatal Incident

May 23, 2016 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

France's health minister presented a plan on Monday to tighten the rules regarding human drug trials following an experimental test that killed a volunteer in January.

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Catching Metastatic Cancer Cells Before they Grow into Tumors: A New Implant Shows Promise

May 23, 2016 9:09 am | by Rachel M. Dudek and Lonnie Shea, University of Michigan, The Conversation | News | Comments

A 'cure' for cancer is elusive, but scientists are working on ways to detect -- and even prevent -- cancer cells from spreading through the body.

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High Resolution Separation and Fractionation of Nanoparticles

May 20, 2016 10:51 am | by Postnova Analytics Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The CF2000 Centrifugal Field Flow Fractionation (CF3) system from Postnova Analytics enhances high resolution separation and fractionation of nanoparticles.

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