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Graphene Shown to Safely Interact with Neurons in the Brain

January 29, 2016 10:17 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Researchers have shown that graphene can be used to make electrodes that can be implanted in the brain, which could potentially be used to restore sensory functions for amputee or paralysed patients, or for individuals with motor disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

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A Cancer’s Surprise Origins, Caught in Action

January 29, 2016 10:07 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Researchers, for the first time, visualized the origins of cancer from the first affected cell and watched its spread in a live animal. Their work could change the way scientists understand melanoma and other cancers and lead to new, early treatments before the cancer has taken hold.

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How Severe Maternal Inflammation Can Lead to Autism-like Behavior

January 29, 2016 9:54 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a study of mice, researchers found that immune cells activated in the mother during severe inflammation produce an immune effector molecule called IL-17 that appears to interfere with brain development.

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Pipette Tip of the Week: Temperature Variation

January 29, 2016 8:55 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Welcome to Pipette Tip of the Week, where each week during the month of January we will bring you one or two pipetting tricks to help your technique in the lab

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Common Growth Factor in Brain Might Slow Cognitive Decline

January 29, 2016 8:49 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

With age, often comes mental decline, but a new study published in Neurology this week points to potential neuroprotective effects from a common growth factor in the brain. 

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Digital Microscope Cameras

January 28, 2016 11:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

ZEISS introduced two new digital microscope cameras during the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB 2015) in San Diego. ZEISS Axiocam 702 mono and ZEISS Axiocam 512 color complement the current portfolio of high-speed USB 3.0 microscope cameras.

Head Shape and Genetics Augment Understanding of Rattlesnake Species

January 28, 2016 11:31 am | by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Using head shape and genetic analyses, new research challenges the formerly designated subspecies within the western rattlesnake species. These findings have important implications for ecological conservation efforts across the United States and could provide the basis for new species designations.

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HIV is Still Growing, Even When Undetectable in the Blood

January 28, 2016 11:26 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

A team of international researchers has found that HIV is still replicating in lymphoid tissue even when it is undetectable in the blood of patients on antiretroviral drugs.

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Brain Structure Governing Emotion Is Passed Down From Mother To Daughter

January 28, 2016 11:22 am | by UCSF | News | Comments

A study of 35 families led by a psychiatric researcher showed for the first time that the structure of the brain circuitry known as the corticolimbic system is more likely to be passed down from mothers to daughters than from mothers to sons or from fathers to children of either gender.

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Electric Patch Holds Promise for Treating PTSD

January 28, 2016 11:14 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

An average of 30 years had passed since the traumatic events that had left them depressed, anxious, irritable, hypervigilant, unable to sleep well and prone to nightmares. But for 12 people who were involved in a study — survivors of rape, car accidents, domestic abuse and other traumas — an unobtrusive patch on the forehead provided considerable relief from post-traumatic stress disorder.  

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Study Hints at Biology of Schizophrenia, May Aid Treatment

January 28, 2016 11:09 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientists pursuing the biological roots of schizophrenia have zeroed in on a potential factor - a normal brain process that gets kicked into overdrive. The finding could someday lead to ways to treat the disease or even prevent it.

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Faster Drug Discovery?

January 28, 2016 11:05 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Genometry has commercialized a high-throughput gene-expression assay, which operates at a fraction of the cost of conventional methods. It does so by using measurements of 1,000 genes to accurately and quickly estimate the activity of all the 20,000 or so genes expressed in a cell.

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UN Health Chief: Zika Virus is 'Spreading Explosively'

January 28, 2016 10:36 am | by Jamey Keaten and Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Declaring that the Zika virus is "spreading explosively," chief of the World Health Organization announced that it will hold an emergency meeting of independent experts on Monday to decide if the virus outbreak should be declared an international health emergency.

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Flexible Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE) System

January 27, 2016 11:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The next generation OmniPAGE VS20WAVE-DGGE from Cleaver Scientific is a flexible Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE) system.  Modular in design the system can be simply adapted to perform most single-base pair mutation detection techniques that are used in DNA mutation analysis.

CRISPR Used to Repair Blindness-causing Genetic Defect in Patient-derived Stem Cells

January 27, 2016 11:37 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

Scientists have used a new gene-editing technology called CRISPR to repair a genetic mutation responsible for retinitis pigmentosa (RP), an inherited condition that causes the retina to degrade and leads to blindness in at least 1.5 million cases worldwide.

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