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Scientists Identify Amino Acid that Stops Seizures in Mice

June 19, 2015 10:16 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

An amino acid whose role in the body has been all but a mystery appears to act as a potent seizure inhibitor in mice, according to a study.

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Musicians Not Only Hear in Tune, They Also See in Tune

June 19, 2015 9:59 am | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Musicians don’t just hear in tune, they also see in tune. That is the conclusion of the latest scientific experiment designed to puzzle out how the brain creates an apparently seamless view of the external world based on the information it receives from the eyes.

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Enzyme’s Role in Human Health, Disease, Discovered

June 19, 2015 9:05 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

A process called phosphorylation is the human body’s method of tagging proteins, and sending them to do the work of biology. Scientists have identified how most of this is done inside cells – but what happens outside cells – which includes processes causing wounds to heal, bones to form and cancer to spread – has not yet been well understood.

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Uncovering a Dynamic Cortex

June 19, 2015 8:58 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT | News | Comments

Neuroscientists show that multiple cortical regions are needed to process information.

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DNA From Ancient Skeleton Shows Ties to Native Americans

June 19, 2015 8:57 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

An ancient skeleton found nearly 20 years ago in a river in Washington is related to Native Americans, says a DNA study that could help resolve a long-running dispute over its ancestry and custody.

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Effects of Supercontinent Formation on Complex Life: Part II

June 19, 2015 8:56 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Recently, Chinese and British scientists reported in Nature Geoscience that the formation of earth supercontinent Rodinia, 1 billion years ago, may have swept toxic hydrogen sulphide away from Proterozoic ocean coasts. This significantly accelerated the growing complexity of eukaryotic life there, the team surmised, as hydrogen-sulphide was replaced by eukaryote-friendly iron.

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Gel Electrophoresis Power Supply Resolves Large DNA

June 18, 2015 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

  Sage Science‘s Pippin Pulse electrophoresis power supply brings field inversion to agarose gel apparatus. The system resolves DNA to 100 kb and beyond, without unwieldy instrumentation and chillers. Pulsed-field protocols are programmed by users and run from a PC.

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Biomedical Breakthrough: Carbon Nanoparticles You Can Make at Home

June 18, 2015 11:45 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Researchers have found an easy way to produce carbon nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body's immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection, and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissues.

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Scientists Find New Evidence of Key Ingredient During Dawn of Life

June 18, 2015 11:38 am | by UNC | News | Comments

Researchers provide first direct experimental evidence for the rapid synthesis of two classes of proteins necessary to create the first life on Earth.

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Tissue ‘Scaffold’ Technology Could Help Rebuild Large Organs

June 18, 2015 11:29 am | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a new tissue ‘scaffold’ technology that could one day enable the engineering of large organs.

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Genes Linked to High Blood Pressure Associated with Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

June 18, 2015 11:10 am | by Alzheimer's Research UK | News | Comments

A new study has linked genetic variants which increase the risk of high blood pressure to a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The research suggests a possible protective effect for treatments used to reduce blood pressure.

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MIT Scientists Make Mice Total Recall Happy Memories to Beat Depression

June 18, 2015 10:49 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Happy memories can be re-activated in the brains of depressed mice, effectively bringing back the good times, according to MIT research released this week.

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Former Packers QB Took Part in Stem Cell Trial

June 18, 2015 10:47 am | by Genaro C. Armas, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr is participating in a clinical trial using stem cells as a possible treatment for strokes.

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BIO 2015: Three Intriguing Biotech Companies Featured at the Convention

June 18, 2015 8:50 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

These three businesses had exhibits in an area of the convention center called BIO Metropolis.

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Acrylamide Kits for Gel Electrophoresis

June 17, 2015 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bio-Rad Laboratories offers TGX FastCast acrylamide and TGX Stain-Free FastCast acrylamide kits, which provide handcast gel users access to Bio-Rad’s TGX gel chemistry, previously available only in precast gels. The TGX FastCast kits allow users to hand cast polyacrylamide gels with fast run times, efficient protein transfers, and consistent, reproducible results.

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