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Scientists Find How Obesity Gene Works, a Clue to Treatment

August 20, 2015 9:23 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Scientists have finally figured out how the key gene tied to obesity makes people fat, a major discovery that could open the door to an entirely new approach to the problem beyond diet and exercise.

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People Need Less Sleep as They Age, Study Suggests

August 20, 2015 8:36 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Getting older isn’t all bad. New research from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland found the older population needs less sleep than younger counterparts, and feels more awake during the day.

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Instantly Soluble Sterile Media

August 19, 2015 10:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Seward Ltd., manufacturer of the world leading range of original Stomacher laboratory paddle blenders and accessories used in sample preparation for microbiological analysis, has launched a new range of instantly soluble, sterile media products.

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Setting Ground Rules for Nanotechnology Research

August 19, 2015 10:15 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

In two new studies, researchers from across the country have begun to design the framework on which to build the emerging field of nanoinformatics.

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Brain Scans Better Forecast Math Learning in Kids Than Do Skill Tests

August 19, 2015 10:04 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Brain scans from 8-year-old children can predict gains in their mathematical ability over the next six years, according to a new study.

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Scientists Successfully Use Zebrafish Embryos to Identify Potential New Diabetes Drugs

August 19, 2015 9:53 am | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

In experiments with 500,000 genetically engineered zebrafish embryos, scientists report they have developed a potentially better and more accurate way to screen for useful drugs, and they have used it to identify 24 drug candidates that increase the number of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.

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So Long, Snout

August 19, 2015 9:37 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

New research shows that bird beaks are the result of skeletal changes controlled by two genetic pathways, shedding light on the origins of one of nature’s most efficient tools.

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Brain Equation: Subtract Protein, Generate Myelin-making Cells

August 19, 2015 9:22 am | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

A new way to generate oligodendrocytes has potential to enhance treatments for brain injury, MS, Alzheimer’s and more.

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Vitamin D Supplements Have Limited Benefits for Obese Teens

August 19, 2015 8:57 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Results from the study were published online in the journal Pediatric Obesity.

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Storing Digital Information in DNA – a Solution for the Future?

August 19, 2015 8:36 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Throughout history, information has been stored through ever-changing channels, and increasingly people store pictures, work and other important information digitally. But how do we ensure that important information can be preserved for the long-haul, for even tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of years?  Presenting at the ACS Conference in Boston this week, Robert N. Grass, Ph.D., ETH Zurich, suggests we look to DNA.

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Self-laminating Labels for Durability in Liquid Nitrogen

August 18, 2015 10:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new, self-laminating CILS-8/91000 label range safeguards text against ultra-low temperatures and provides extra-secure adhesion, offering fully computer-printable, instantly durable labeling for liquid nitrogen storage.

Bacterial Community in Pregnant Women Linked to Preterm Birth

August 18, 2015 9:56 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Risk for premature birth is linked to the composition of the vaginal bacterial community in the mother during pregnancy, according to a new study that tracked the body’s microbial communities on a week-by-week basis during pregnancy.

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Ribosomes Can Translate the ‘Untranslated Region’ of Messenger RNA

August 18, 2015 9:46 am | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

 In what appears to be an unexpected challenge to a long-accepted fact of biology, researchers say they have found that ribosomes — the molecular machines in all cells that build proteins — can sometimes do so even within the so-called untranslated regions of the ribbons of genetic material known as messenger RNA (mRNA).

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A Newly Discovered Molecular Feedback Process May Protect the Brain Against Alzheimer’s

August 18, 2015 9:39 am | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

New research has identified a series of naturally occurring molecular steps—known as a pathway—that can dampen the production of amyloid-β. These results suggest a new route in the search for Alzheimer’s therapies.

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Targeting HIV in Semen to Shut Down AIDS

August 18, 2015 9:30 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

There may be two new ways to fight AIDS -- using a heat shock protein or a small molecule - to attack fibrils in semen associated with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) during the initial phases of infection, according to new research.

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