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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.

Scientists Use Molecular ‘Lock and Key’ for Potential Control of GMOs

June 17, 2015 11:44 am | by University of California Berkeley | News | Comments

Researchers have developed an easy way to put bacteria under a molecular lock and key in order to contain its accidental spread. The method involves a series of genetic mutations that render the microbe inactive unless the right molecule is added to enable its viability.

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Study Points to Drug Target for Huntington’s Disease

June 17, 2015 11:34 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Huntington’s disease attacks the part of the brain that controls movement, destroying nerves with a barrage of toxicity, yet leaves other parts relatively unscathed.

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‘Core’ Immune Cells Reduce Symptoms, Spread of Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza

June 17, 2015 11:19 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Research shows that certain T cells, immune cells that fight infection, can help to control influenza infections by targeting a core structural protein common to all strains of influenza .

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Longevity Hormone is Lower in Stressed and Depressed Women

June 17, 2015 11:04 am | by University of California San Francisco | News | Comments

Women under chronic stress have significantly lower levels of klotho, a hormone that regulates aging and enhances cognition, researchers have found in a study comparing mothers of children on the autism spectrum to low-stress controls.

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Blood Protein May Indicate Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

June 17, 2015 10:41 am | by King's College London | News | Comments

Scientists have identified a single blood protein that may indicate the development of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) years before symptoms appear, a disorder that has been associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.

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DDT’s Health Effects Continue to Ripple, with New Breast Cancer Link

June 17, 2015 10:12 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

DDT was a wonder pesticide, which turned the tide on everything from bed bugs to malaria-carrying mosquitoes during the 20th century. But even after its health and environmental effects were acknowledged and its agricultural use was banned in 1972, its toxic legacy continues, according to a new study.

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Chocolate — it’s Good for Your Heart, New Study Says

June 17, 2015 9:55 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Chocolate-lovers rejoice: new research says eating up to 100g of chocolate every day is linked to lower cardiovascular risks such as heart disease and stroke.

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Automated Gel Electrophoresis Systems

June 16, 2015 9:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

PerkinElmer launched the LabChip GX Touch and GXII Touch automated electrophoresis systems. The LabChip platform’s key feature is automation of conventional gel electrophoresis, eliminating the need for manual sample preparation. The LabChip GX Touch and GXII Touch reduce hands-on time and simplifying data generation via a user friendly operator touch screen.

Avocados May Hold Answer to Beating Leukemia

June 16, 2015 9:12 am | by University of Waterloo | News | Comments

Rich, creamy, nutritious and now cancer fighting. New research reveals that molecules derived from avocados could be effective in treating a form of cancer.

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Chemists Find Efficient, Scalable Way to Synthesize Potential Brain-Protecting Compound

June 16, 2015 9:04 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Chemists have invented the first practical, scalable method for synthesizing jiadifenolide, a plant-derived molecule that may have powerful brain-protecting properties.

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MERS Not Given Same Vaccine Attention as Ebola, Other Viruses

June 16, 2015 8:51 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A MERS outbreak has infected about 150 people in South Korea, after a businessman apparently brought the virus back from the Middle East. Authorities are scrambling to control the spread of the illness, known fully as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. But a vaccine is not among their tools – since it doesn’t yet exist, and is probably not close to being developed.

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Toxic DNA Breaks

June 16, 2015 8:50 am | by Jessica Fujimori, MIT | News | Comments

A bacterium that is the most common cause of pneumonia — a leading cause of death worldwide — can damage DNA in lung cells, a new study has shown.

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Scientists Emerge From Isolated Dome on Hawaii Volcano Slope

June 16, 2015 8:48 am | by Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six scientists who were living under a dome on the slopes of a dormant Hawaii volcano for eight months to simulate life on Mars have emerged from isolation.

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FDA Approves Implanted Device to Reduce Parkinson’s Symptoms

June 16, 2015 8:47 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has approved an implantable device to help reduce Parkinson’s disease symptoms and a movement disorder known as essential tremor.   

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