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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.


Measuring Immune Cells Before Surgery May Help Predict Recovery Time

November 19, 2015 9:55 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

The behavior of a type of white blood cell can indicate how soon patients will be back on their feet after hip surgery, according to a study.


Research Yields Potential Treatment Approach for Glycogen Storage Disease

November 19, 2015 9:47 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

 Researchers have identified a potential treatment strategy for an often-fatal inherited glycogen storage disease.


Neuroscientists Reveal How the Brain Can Enhance Connections

November 19, 2015 9:39 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

When the brain forms memories or learns a new task, it encodes the new information by tuning connections between neurons. Neuroscientists have discovered a novel mechanism that contributes to the strengthening of these connections, also called synapses.


Lab-grown Vocal Cords Offer Hope of Treating Voice Disorders

November 19, 2015 9:31 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

From mom's comforting croon to a shout of warning, our voices are the main way we communicate and one we take for granted unless something goes wrong. Now researchers have grown human vocal cords in the laboratory that appear capable of producing sound - in hopes of one day helping people with voice-robbing diseases or injuries.


Experiencing Major Stress May Help Adults Deal with Daily Stress

November 19, 2015 9:10 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A small new study from North Carolina State University has found that experiencing a major stressful event may actually make older adults more resilient to fluctuations of minor day-to-day stress.


50 Years Later, Consortium Looks for Freeze-drying Overhaul

November 19, 2015 8:56 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Lyophilization, also known as freeze-drying, is a critical technology for the food industry, pharmaceuticals and biotech. However, the process, which removes water from products at low temperatures and low pressure, is expensive, time-consuming and has remained unchanged for the last 50 years. 


Adjustable Tip Spacing Pipette Improves Productivity & Reproducibility

November 18, 2015 10:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

INTEGRA reports on a new technical note produced by Analytik Jena that compares the performance of the INTEGRA VOYAGER adjustable tip spacing multichannel pipette with a manual single channel pipette for performing real-time PCR experiments.

RNA-Based Drugs Give More Control Over Gene Editing

November 18, 2015 10:24 am | by UC San Diego | News | Comments

Researchers demonstrate a commercially feasible way to use RNA to turn the CRISPR-Cas9 system on and off as desired — permanently editing a gene, but only temporarily activating CRISPR-Cas9.



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