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Comprehending Chemotaxis

August 14, 2015 9:29 am | by UNC | News | Comments

James Bear, Ph.D., uncovers the intricate mechanisms that allow certain cells to move, discoveries with implications for cancer metastasis.

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A Robot That Mimics Human Reflexes

August 14, 2015 8:38 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a bipedal robot that can react with human-like reflexes via a unique balance-feedback interface. 

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The Power of Puppies for Mental Health

August 13, 2015 10:41 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

A new program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill called UNC Paws is harnessing the cuteness of puppies to help improve the lives of people.

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Disinfecting Spray

August 13, 2015 9:36 am | Current Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

BLEACH-RITE Disinfecting Spray meets this CDC guideline as it is a hospital-grade, ready to use 1:10 bleach solution that is stabilized for an 18 month shelf life. This disinfecting spray is EPA approved for killing bordetella pertussis bacteria in one-minute contact time on hard, non-porous surfaces and thus is an appropriate disinfectant in settings where pertussis may be found.

Brain Abnormalities are Present Even Before Onset of Schizophrenia

August 13, 2015 9:27 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

Even before the onset of schizophrenia, irregularities in key brain areas are already present in individuals at higher risk of developing psychosis, a new study shows.

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Can Stem Cells Cause and Cure Cancer?

August 13, 2015 9:27 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

Simply put, cancer is caused by mutations to genes within a cell that lead to abnormal cell growth. Finding out what causes that genetic mutation has been the holy grail of medical science for decades. Researchers believe they may have found one of the reasons why these genes mutate and it all has to do with how stem cells talk to each other.

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Asthma Cells Scramble Like ‘There’s a Fire Drill’

August 13, 2015 9:09 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

In people with asthma, the cells that line the airways in the lungs are unusually shaped and “scramble around like there’s a fire drill going on.” But according to a new study, an unexpected discovery suggests intriguing new avenues both for basic biological research and for therapeutic interventions to fight asthma.

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Targeted Next-Generation Sequencing Takes On Growing Role in Pathogen Detection

August 13, 2015 9:07 am | by Chris Linthwaite | Articles | Comments

Pathogen detection is an emerging application where targeted, next-generation sequencing (NGS) holds great potential. Not only can it quickly identify all species in a given sample and guide targeted treatments, it can also be useful to track the evolution of microorganisms, allowing public health officials to develop proactive strategies to help them stay ahead of deadly outbreaks.

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Octopus Genome Sequenced

August 13, 2015 8:34 am | by University of Chicago | News | Comments

The first whole genome analysis of an octopus reveals unique genomic features that likely played a role in the evolution of traits such as large complex nervous systems and adaptive camouflage. An international team of scientists sequenced the genome of the California two-spot octopus - the first cephalopod ever to be fully sequenced - and mapped gene expression profiles in 12 different tissues. 

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Exercise May Impact Reduced Disease Activity in Children with MS

August 13, 2015 8:33 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Children with multiple sclerosis (MS) who get regular exercise may have a less active disease, according to a new study published online Wednesday in the journal Neurology.

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Google's Latest Project: Minuscule Glucose Monitors

August 13, 2015 8:23 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The hope is that these monitors can become the standard of care and replace the current finger-stick testing methods.

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New Glove Box Controls Relative Humidity or Oxygen Levels

August 12, 2015 11:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Nitrogen Purge Series of Glove Boxes from Flow Sciences, Inc. allow the user to purge Relative Humidity or Oxygen Levels down to ~2%. These enclosures are capable of protecting the process by nearly eliminating moisture or oxygen with the flow of inert gas.

Receptors in Brain Linked to Schizophrenia, Autism

August 12, 2015 11:25 am | by Salk Institute for Biological Studies | News | Comments

The loss of a critical receptor in a special class of inhibitory neurons in the brain may be responsible for neurodevelopmental disorders including autism and schizophrenia, according to new research.

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Study Suggests REM Sleep Helps the Brain Capture Snapshots of Dream Images

August 12, 2015 11:19 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

An international team of researchers is the first to demonstrate that during dreams, our eyes and brains respond similarly to how they react to images when we’re awake.

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Hepatitis C Infection May Fuel Heart Risk

August 12, 2015 11:14 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

People infected with the hepatitis C virus are at risk for liver damage, but the results of a new study now show the infection may also spell heart trouble.

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