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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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


REM Sleep: Keystone of Memory Formation

May 16, 2016 10:48 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

For decades, scientists have fiercely debated whether rapid eye movement (REM) sleep - the phase where dreams appear - is directly involved in memory formation. Now, a new study provides evidence that REM sleep does, indeed, play this role - at least in mice.


Review Finds Fathers’ Age, Lifestyle Associated with Birth Defects

May 16, 2016 10:30 am | by Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center | News | Comments

A growing body of research is revealing associations between birth defects and a father’s age, alcohol use and environmental factors, say researchers. They say these defects result from epigenetic alterations that can potentially affect multiple generations.


Colorimetric Microarray Scanner

May 13, 2016 10:57 am | by Terra Universal Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Terra Universal's SpotWare Colorimetric Microarray Scanner allows digital microarray images to be scanned, analyzed and stored in a desktop computer.

Dogs Provide Information About Brain Tumor Development in Humans

May 13, 2016 10:53 am | by Uppsala University | News | Comments

Brain tumors in dogs are strikingly similar to their human tumor counterparts. In a recent study researchers have used genetic analyses in different dog breeds to identify genes that could have a role in the development of brain tumors in both dogs and human.


Early Life Stress Accelerates Maturation of Key Brain Region in Male Mice

May 13, 2016 10:48 am | by Brown University | News | Comments

A study in male mice exposed to stress shows that a particular region, the hippocampus, hits many developmental milestones early -- essentially maturing faster in response to stress.



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