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Adults Harbor Lots of Risky Autoreactive Immune Cells

May 20, 2015 10:48 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Even though self-targeting immune cells remain prolific in adults’ bloodstreams, some kind of internal emergency brake seems to prevent them from triggering autoimmune disease — usually.

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Genetics Allow Animals to Produce their Own Sunscreen

May 20, 2015 10:33 am | by Joe Shust, Editor, Continuity Insights | Articles | Comments

Researchers have discovered that unique genome sequences allow fish, reptiles, birds and other animals to create a compound that acts as sunscreen.

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FDA Proposes to Know More About Antibiotic Use in Animals

May 20, 2015 10:20 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is moving to collect more information on antibiotics used in animals that become meat. It's an effort to stem antibiotic-resistant diseases.

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Study Explains How Early Childhood Vaccination Reduces Leukemia Risk

May 20, 2015 10:09 am | by University of California San Francisco | News | Comments

A team of researchers has discovered how a commonly administered vaccine protects against acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common type of childhood cancer.

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Researchers Identify Potentially Effective Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction

May 20, 2015 10:07 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

A new study has found that Naltrexone, a drug used to treat alcoholism, may also be a promising treatment for addiction to methamphetamine.

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New Technology Turns Smartphone into a DNA-Scanning Microscope

May 20, 2015 10:02 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Researchers at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed a new technology that turns a smartphone into a DNA-scanning fluorescent microscope.  Lead researcher Aydogan Ozcan, Howard Hughes Medical Institute chancellor professor at UCLA, sat down with Bioscience Technology to talk about this advancement and its implications for resource-poor labs, and for personalized medicine.

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Abcodia Raises $8M to Launch Ovarian Cancer Screening Test

May 20, 2015 8:35 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Abcodia announced this week it raised $8 million to bring its ovarian cancer screening test called ROCA to market.

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384-well Reagent Reservoirs

May 19, 2015 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Adopting a standard ANSI / SLAS footprint, INTEGRA 384-well reagent reservoirs (100ml) are fully compatible with all liquid handling systems including the company’s VIAFLO 384 handheld multichannel electronic pipette. 384 individual pyramidal indentations in each reagent reservoir allow maximum liquid recovery when using a VIAFLO 384 electronic pipette as well as other platforms.

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Neuroscientists ID Part of Brain Devoted to Processing Speech

May 19, 2015 9:49 am | by New York University | News | Comments

A team of  neuroscientists has identified a part of the brain exclusively devoted to processing speech. Its findings point to the superior temporal sulcus (STS), located in the temporal lobe, and help settle a long-standing debate about role-specific neurological functions.

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Inflammation Stops the Biological Clock

May 19, 2015 9:33 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

An important link between the human body clock and the immune system has relevance for better understanding inflammatory and infectious diseases, researchers discovered.

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Designing Better Medical Implants

May 19, 2015 9:09 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Optimal size and shape allow implantable devices to last longer in the body.

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Discovery Opens Door for Homemade Morphine, Painkillers

May 19, 2015 9:07 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.

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Future for Warming US: Not Just the Heat but the Humanity

May 19, 2015 9:06 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The combination of global warming and shifting population means that by mid-century, there will be a huge increase in the number of Americans sweating through days that are extremely hot, a new study says.

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Genetic Test for Heightened Prostate Cancer Risk Touted

May 19, 2015 9:01 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new genetic test to determine risk factors for prostate cancer can help target the men most likely to develop aggressive forms for the cancer – and make screening a priority for them, according to research presented yesterday at the American Urology Association’s annual conference.

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Cognition Improves After Supplemented Mediterranean Diet, Finds a Rare Trial

May 19, 2015 8:54 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Cognition improves in older people who eat a plant-based Mediterranean diet with antioxidant-rich extra virgin olive oil or mixed nuts, according to rare clinical trial research published by JAMA Internal Medicine.

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