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Stress During Pregnancy Could Result in Protective Epigenetic Changes for Babies

May 18, 2016 10:02 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

While prenatal stress has previously been shown to increase the risk of physical diseases and mental disorders in children, a new study investigates potential protective mechanisms to the infant.

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Report: Genetically Altered Food Safe but Not Curing Hunger

May 17, 2016 12:27 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Genetically manipulated food remains generally safe for humans and the environment, a high-powered science advisory board declared in a report Tuesday.

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Teamwork Enables Bacterial Survival

May 17, 2016 12:14 pm | by MIT News Office | News | Comments

A new study that two strains of bacteria that are each resistant to one antibiotic can protect each other in an environment containing both drugs.

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Senate Likely to Advance $1.1 Billion in Zika Funding

May 17, 2016 12:07 pm | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | News | Comments

After a three-month delay, the Senate is acting on President Barack Obama's request for money to combat the Zika virus.

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Immunization with Bacteria Promotes Stress Resilience, Coping Behaviors in Mice

May 17, 2016 12:03 pm | by University of California San Diego | News | Comments

Injections of the soil bacterium Mycobacterium vaccae promote stress resilience and improve coping behaviors in mice, according to a new study. The researchers also found that M. vaccae prevented stress-induced colitis, a typical symptom of inflammatory bowel disease, suggesting that immunization with the bacteria may have wide-ranging health benefits.

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Team Defines Meaningful Part of Maize Genome

May 17, 2016 11:50 am | by Florida State University | News | Comments

Using a genetic mapping technique researchers have shown that a small percentage of the entire maize genome is responsible for almost half of a plant's trait diversity.

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New Approach to Sorting Cells

May 17, 2016 11:40 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Microfluidic devices hold potential to rapidly analyze cells for applications in medicine and basic research. A team of researchers has now developed a new way to sort cells, based on their acoustic properties — that is, how they are affected by sound waves, which depends on how dense and compressible the cells are.

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Ultramicrotome Features Dual Hand Wheels

May 17, 2016 11:17 am | by RMC-Boeckeler | Product Releases | Comments

RMC-Boeckeler's RMC-Boeckeler AmbiTome PC-controlled ultramicrotome features dual hand wheels that allow users to operate the equipment with either hand. Having this choice typically frees the dominant hand for the more intricate task of manipulating sections.

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Regular Exercise at Any Age Might Stave Off Alzheimer's

May 17, 2016 11:09 am | by University of Kentucky | News | Comments

Recent research suggests that exercise might provide some measure of protection from Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

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Social Communication: Children’s Brains Respond to Mother’s Voice

May 17, 2016 10:38 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A new study says the sound of a mother’s biologically salient voice actually activates certain brain areas in their children and that this brain activity predicts social communication abilities.

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New Plant Stem Cell Discovery Points to Increased Yields

May 16, 2016 11:27 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Researchers from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have discovered a new growth-regulating pathway in plants that has eluded scientists for years. In addition, by tweaking this new pathway the scientists have found a way to gently upregulate stem cell growth, boosting maize’s yield by up to 50 percent, which could have important real-world applications.

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Cell Culture Chemistry Analyzers

May 16, 2016 11:20 am | by Nova Biomedical | Product Releases | Comments

Nova Biomedical's BioProfile FLEX 2, the next addition to the line of cell culture chemistry analyzers, incorporates maintenance-free MicroSensor Card technology that eliminates sensor maintenance and maximizes workflow efficiency.

Storing Babies' Blood Samples Pits Privacy Versus Science

May 16, 2016 11:07 am | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two-day-old Ellie Bailey squirms in a hospital bassinet and cries as her tiny left heel is squeezed and then pricked with a needle to draw a blood sample. An Indianapolis hospital technician quickly saturates six circles on a special filter card with the child's blood.

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Genetic History of the 'Ship of the Desert' Revealed

May 16, 2016 11:00 am | by University of Nottingham | News | Comments

A unique and pioneering study of the ancient and modern DNA of the 'ship of the desert' -- the single humped camel or dromedary -- has shed new light on how its use by human societies has shaped its genetic diversity.

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Bioengineered Blood Vessel Safe for Dialysis Patients, Study Finds

May 16, 2016 10:55 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

Scientists created bioengineered blood vessels for kidney-disease patients on dialysis. The man-made vessels appeared to be both safe and more durable than commonly used synthetic versions, said the investigators.

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